Wednesday, October 08, 2008

Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Since 1987, October has been recognized as Domestic Violence Awareness Month, which was founded by the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV). Prior to and since that year, many people around the country have been working tirelessly to end the widespread domestic violence that effects women, men, and children of all ages and backgrounds.

The national domestic violence hotline (1-800-799-SAFE) was also established in 1987, with many states creating their own individual hotlines for added protection and advocacy for those in need.

For more than seven years, the NCADV has worked closely with The Wireless Foundation to distribute donated and discarded cellphones to victims of domestic violence for emergency use. If you would like to donate a used cellphone to the program, please click here. To make a donation to NCADV, please click here.

According to a recent study by The Violence Policy Center, African-American women are killed in situations of domestic violence at a rate three times higher than white women, with the weapon of choice more often than not being a firearm. And the state of Nevada ranked #1 for the most women murdered by men for the second consecutive year (based on data from 2006).

Other websites of interest on the topic of domestic violence include:

The National Domestic Violence Hotline
Feminist Majority Foundation's Domestic Violence Information Center
The American Bar Association's Commission on Domestic Violence
Violence Against Women Online Resources
Partners in Prevention
Abused Adult Resource Center
Child Advocates
National Center for Victims of Crime
Rainbow Domestic Violence
An Abuse, Rape, and Domestic Violence Aid and Resource Collection
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