October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month
This month marks the 20th anniversary of Domestic Violence Awareness Month. The theme for this year's Department of Justice observance is Working Together to End the Violence. The Office of Justice Programs (OJP), is proud to work with our colleagues at the Department's Office on Violence Against Women (OVW) and our partners at the state and local level to end the violence. While we are highlighting our efforts related to domestic violence in October as a way to bring attention to this issue, it is important to remember that stopping this crime is our year-round priority.
It is estimated that about 1.3 million women and 835,000 men experience domestic violence annually. Victims of domestic violence can be of any age, sex, race, culture, religion, educational background, or employment or marital status. Children in the homes where domestic violence occurs are more likely to be abused and or neglected.
In addition to the studies OJP's National Institute of Justice and other bureaus conduct about domestic violence and its impact on communities and victims, we also fund programs that help victims. For example, the Domestic Violence Hotline is available toll-free by calling 1-800-799-7233 or 1-800-787-3224 (TTY). Those answering the hotline's calls also speak Spanish. And the hotline's Web site, http://www.ndvh.org, offers tips on safety and other issues in English and Spanish.
The President's Family Justice Center Initiative, administered by OVW, has awarded more than $20 million to 15 communities across the country for the planning, development, and establishment of comprehensive domestic violence victim service and support centers. The goal is to make a victim's search for help and justice more efficient and effective by bringing professionals who provide an array of services together under one roof. Family Justice Centers are located in St. Louis, MO; Brooklyn, NY; San Antonio, TX; Nampa, ID; Alameda County, CA; and Monroe County, LA. In addition, there are centers in Boston, MA; Defiance, OH; Buffalo, NY; Tampa, FL; Knoxville, TN; Sitka, AK; Las Vegas, NM; St Joseph County, IN; and Tulsa, OK.
If you are a victim of domestic violence, help is available. If you are concerned about the impact of domestic violence on your community, these same resources can help you work with us to stop domestic violence.