October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, but awareness must be a year-round effort.
This month reminds all of us that domestic violence is a tragedy that doesn’t really receive the attention it truly deserves. In 2012, over 17,000 domestic violence crimes were reported to Virginia law enforcement. Many others went unreported.
Also in 2012, Virginia law enforcement made over 20,000 arrests for domestic violence. Only 26 percent of these arrests led to convictions. Of the 1,016 felony charges, 90 percent led to convictions.
In addition to awareness, it is very important that you and people you know understand where to seek help when someone is a victim. The National Domestic Hotline has been serving victims for the past 20 years.
Trained advocates are available 24/7 to talk confidentially with anyone who is experiencing domestic violence, seeking resources and information, or is questioning unhealthy aspects of a relationship.
If you or someone needs help call the hotline: 1-800-799-SAFE
It’s never OK to be violated in a relationship and it’s never OK for anyone to ignore it.