OUR VIEW: October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Published 11:30 am Thursday, October 6, 2022

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October is recognized as Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Domestic violence plagues every community in the United States, including Troup County, regardless of gender, age, race, religion or economic status.

A vast majority of 911 calls are a result of domestic violence. These calls present more significant anxiety for law enforcement as well. Often, with these types of calls they are unsure what they are walking into, and the situations can become intense and turn violent quickly.

Domestic abuse is also physical abuse and can manifest itself in the form of emotional and psychological abuse. 

It is all a means of controlling and can lead to physical violence.

According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence: Domestic violence is most common among women between the ages of 18-24.

Domestic violence accounts for 15% of all violent crime. The presence of a gun in a domestic violence situation increases the risk of homicide by 500%.

Nineteen percent of domestic violence involves a weapon.

Every nine seconds, a woman is assaulted or beaten in the U.S.

An average of 20 people are physically abused by intimate partners every minute in the U.S.

There are more than 10 million abuse victims across the U.S. every year.

One in seven women and one in 18 men have been stalked. Stalking causes targets to fear they or someone close to them will be harmed or killed.

One in three women and one in four men have been physically abused by an intimate partner. One in five women and one in seven men have been severely physically abused by an intimate partner.On a typical day, domestic violence hotlines nationwide receive approximately 20,800 calls. Anyone who has been victimized by a domestic violence situation can call the hotline at 1-800-650-6522.