Domestic violence (DV) impacts people of all ages and from all walks of life. In the United States, nearly 1 in 4 women and 1 in 7 men have suffered from severe physical violence from a partner. To bring attention to our nation’s dedication to eliminating this issue, Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM) has been observed each October since 1987. DVAM is intended to help the nation mourn those who have been lost as a result of domestic violence, celebrate those who have survived, and connect those seeking to end the violence.
Children exposed to DV can be adversely affected as well. They can feel isolated; be unable to empathize with others; and suffer other emotional, mental, and social damage. Child Welfare Information Gateway has several publications and resources to help professionals better serve families and children who are affected by DV, such as Domestic Violence and the Child Welfare System and Promoting Protective Factors for Children Exposed to Domestic Violence: A Guide for Practitioners. More information is available in Information Gateway’s Domestic Violence web section. Also, the following organizations can provide technical assistance, training, and resources for professionals and families:
- National Coalition Against Domestic Violence
- National Resource Center on Domestic Violence
- National Network to End Domestic Violence
For more information, visit Child Welfare Information Gateway.
(Article adapted from Child Welfare Information Gateway.)