Go Purple for Domestic Violence Awareness Month on Oct. 12

By Staff Reports

(Victor Valley)– Children’s Network of San Bernardino County wants you to take a stand against domestic violence.  Participate in #SBCWEARSPURPLE social media campaign by taking a selfie wearing purple on Oct. 12, 2017, and posting it with the hash tag #SBCWEARSPURPLE.

WHAT IS DOMESTIC VIOLENCE

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, psychological violence, and emotional abuse.  One in three women and one in four men in the United States have experienced some form of physical violence by an intimate partner. Five million children witness domestic violence each year in the United States. On a typical day, there are over 20,000 calls received by domestic violence hotlines, and approximately 15 calls a minute. Every nine seconds in the United States a woman is assaulted or beaten.

Forty percent of California women experienced physical violence by an intimate partner in their lifetime. In a single day, domestic violence shelters serve about 5,800 women and children.

Children from homes with violence are much more likely to experience significant psychological problems short- and long-term.  Those who grew up with domestic violence are six times more likely to commit suicide and 50 percent more likely to abuse drugs and alcohol.

For a list of domestic violence shelters in San Bernardino County visit http://www.sbcountyda.org/HelpingVictims/DomesticViolenceShelters.aspx.

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