|In 1989, the United States Congress designated October as National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, thereby dedicating the month to victims of domestic violence, as well as celebrating survivors and continuing the national effort to end domestic violence.
Domestic violence can be physical, verbal, sexual or emotional, and often involves intimidation or economic deprivation. It occurs in all cultures and touches people of all races, ethnicities and religions. In the United States, 20 people per minute are physically abused by an intimate partner, totaling more than 10 million victims each year. One in three women and one in four men report they have been victims of some form of physical violence by an intimate partner within their lifetime. More than 20,000 phone calls per day are placed to domestic violence hotlines nationwide.
Part of CWLC’s mission is to ensure that women and children have access to resources to help protect and overcome violence, including creating innovative programs to raise awareness, while bringing justice and expanded services to victims of domestic violence.
Purple is the color of Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Throughout the month, please join CWLC in wearing purple to show your support for survivors and your commitment to putting an end to domestic violence.