October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Beau Biden was committed to protecting victims of all forms of abuse and supporting survivors by speaking out against domestic violence.
The facts are startling:
- 1 in 4 women & 1 in 9 men have experienced severe physical injury, sexual violence, and/or stalking by an intimate partner.
- Forms of domestic violence can include humiliation, stalking, manipulation, coercion, threats, neglect, and isolation – it is not characterized by physical abuse alone.
- Nearly three out of four Americans know someone who is or has been a victim of domestic violence.
- Domestic violence affects millions of people regardless of age, race, creed, or gender.
COVID-19 and quarantine restrictions have led to a significant spike in incidents of domestic violence. External factors that add stress and financial strain can create circumstances where the safety of victims and survivors is further compromised. For many survivors, staying home may not be the safest option. This is a critical time for victims and survivors – and for children who witness domestic violence.
1 in 15 children are exposed to intimate partner violence each year, and 90% of these children are eyewitnesses to this violence. Studies also show that these children have reported lower levels of social competence, fewer interests outside of school, and less involvement in social activities compared to children from nonviolent homes.
Please join the Beau Biden Foundation in raising your voice for those who may not be able to. Reach out to your local lawmakers to encourage them to support legislation that helps protect victims and survivors of abuse – like the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act and the Victims of Child Abuse Act.
Find your U.S. Senators here: www.senate.gov/index.htm
Find your U.S. House Representatives here: www.senate.gov/index.htm
You can also help by sharing this blog with your friends and family to help spread awareness around domestic violence.
Learn more information about domestic violence at www.ncadv.org. For assistance or to talk to someone about domestic violence, please call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1−800−799−7233 or TTY 1−800−787−3224. As always, if you feel you are in danger, call 911.