5 Things: DVAM 2020

 


Happy Friday! Hope that you all had a great week. 


October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. This is an issue that has hit my family pretty hard and likely you or someone you know have experienced abuse as well. This year it seemed especially important to broach the subject. The quarantine orders of 2020 have resulted in more opportunities for abuse to spouses/partners and children. The uptick in domestic violence during this time is a pandemic in itself.  


If you or someone you know need assistance and support getting out of an abusive situation The National Domestic Abuse Hotline can help. Go online or call 1-800-799-7233 (SAFE). 


1) NoMore.org has a series of resources that you can use social media posts and videos to help raise awareness. You can even join the #NoMore campaign by taking a photo of yourself with the poster for Instagram and Facebook. 


2) PsychCentral has a Domestic Abuse Assessment that you or a loved one may find helpful in the event that domestic abuse is suspected.  


3) The ManKind Initiative (UK) has some good information for men who are victims of domestic abuse. It is estimated that 1 in 7 men has experienced violence at the hands of a romantic partner. Statistics also say that men are much less likely than women to report their abusers due to shame or even a fear of not being believed. 


4) Military OneSource is another excellent resource geared toward military families. Studies show that people suffering from PTSD are more likely to become abusers. The website has a great toolkit for spreading the word and getting help for those who serve and their families.


5) And, to leave you with a funny: A British wildlife park has had to relocate several swearing parrots! The potty-mouthed parrots were donated by individuals who were likely overwhelmed with their care (and possibly their constant insults) during the pandemic. 


Okay, that's all for now. Have a wonderful weekend, everyone, and please stay safe!




If you or someone you know need assistance and support getting out of an abusive situation The National Domestic Abuse Hotline can help. Go online or call 1-800-799-7233 (SAFE). 



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