OCTOBER IS DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AWARENESS MONTH
Domestic violence is the willful intimidation, physical assault, battery, sexual assault, and/or other abusive behavior as part of a systematic pattern of power and control perpetrated by one intimate partner against another. It includes physical violence, sexual violence, threats, and emotional/psychological abuse. The frequency and severity of domestic violence varies dramatically. (source: www.ncadv.org)
Domestic violence occurs in every community. It affects women and men, gay/straight, all races and religions, income levels and education. (source: www.ncadv.org)
1 in 3 women and 1 in 4 men have experienced some form of physical violence by an intimate partner. This includes a range of behaviors and in some cases might not be considered “domestic violence”. (source: www.ncadv.org)
I recently had an important conversation about Domestic Violence with Lenzi Dodgen, Survivor Advocate & Prevention Professional; and Scott Lancaster, Children’s Advocate and current Program Manager at Greenhouse 17 in Lexington, KY. Part 1 of 2 podcasts with Lenzi and Scott includes the staggering prevalence of domestic violence in the US, warning signs and an in-depth look at what precipitates intimate partner violence and how our culture contributes.
The knowledge and perspective Lenzi and Scott share are very enlightening. This is an educational and empowering discussion. My biggest take-away is men must join the conversation women have been having for generations. It’s the only way to shift our culture to one of respect and equality, from in-the-home to the workplace. I hope you’ll take time to listen and share the conversation with others.