Thursday, October 25, 2012

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month

In 1987 the Domestic Violence Awareness Month was created by the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence. 1987 was also the year that the national toll-free hotline was started. The original intent was to connect battered women’s advocates across the nation who were working diligently to end violence against women and their children.

We all know someone personally who has been affected by some form of domestic violence and, sadly, a lot of those cases have ended up with tragic outcomes. In law enforcement, we frequently see the brutal realities of what domestic violence can do to individuals, to families and even to entire communities. The consequences of domestic violence can span generations.

According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence:

• One in every four women will experience domestic violence in her lifetime.

• An estimated 1.3 million women are victims of physical assault by an intimate partner each year.

• 85% of domestic violence victims are women.

• Historically, females have been most often victimized by someone they kn0w.

• Most victims of domestic violence in Kansas are white females between the ages of 20 and 24. Most offenders are white males between the ages of 20 and 24 and are most often the spouses/ex-spouses or boyfriends/ex-boyfriends of the victims.

• Most cases of domestic violence are never reported to the police.

Tonight at 6:00pm is a Candlelight Vigil at the Johnson Co. Courthouse Gazebo/Courtyard, 100 N. Kansas Ave, Olathe, KS. Please join Johnson County District Attorney Stephen M. Howe to honor victims, celebrate survivors and recognize those who work to end Domestic Violence in this community. Light a candle tonight to celebrate the strength of victims of Domestic Violence.