Friday, October 4, 2013

National Domestic Violence Awareness Month

The words "domestic violence" are very familiar to all of us in some way or other. Virtually everyone who works in the law enforcement field has witnessed up close the devastating effect it can leave on individuals and families. 

The sad truth is that it really doesn't matter what you do for a living or where you live, because domestic violence crosses every socio-economic boundary. We have all been exposed to this blight that was once deemed by society to be a private matter best hidden behind closed doors.  

Physical, verbal, psychological, emotional and sexual attacks are all forms of domestic violence. Any of these can be perpetrated on both male and female victims in a relationship. 

According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, 52% of domestic violence homicides are committed by a girlfriend/boyfriend or a spouse. Most victims of domestic violence in Kansas are white females between the ages of 20 and 24, while most offenders are white males between the ages of 20 and 24. Most often, the offender is the spouse/ex-spouse or boyfriend/ex-boyfriend of the victim. 

In our state, the Kansas Coalition Against Sexual and Domestic Violence (KCSDV) has been one of the leading organizations to raise awareness of  sexual and domestic violence. Visit the above link to find out more information on ways you can help prevent domestic violence.  

The Kansas Crisis Hotline: 1-888-363-2287 

The Kansas Crisis Hotline is a toll-free, 24-hour state-wide hotline linking victims of domestic violence and sexual assault to local services.