Oct. is Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Oct. is Domestic Violence Awareness Month

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. This month provides an excellent opportunity for Wayne County to demonstrate its commitment to ending domestic violence and supporting survivors in our community. Nationally, 1-in-4 women and 1-in-7 men will experience some form of domestic violence in their lifetime. Nearly 50% of women will experience severe emotional abuse by an intimate partner. Now is the time to raise awareness about the widespread prevalence of domestic violence in our lives and educate ourselves on how to prevent it.

DVAM was launched nationwide over 30 years ago to raise awareness of intimate partner violence and unite the advocates and allies who support survivors. In those three decades, we have accomplished a great deal in our work against domestic violence, and together we will continue to work toward creating safety in all homes.

The pandemic has been an especially difficult time for survivors, service organizations and our community. We have had to adjust to challenging new circumstances, and we have experienced grief and trauma in our personal and professional lives. However, this also has been a time of tremendous creativity, innovation and perseverance. As a community, as a city and as a nation, we have come together to support each other. We could not be more proud of our coalition member organizations for everything they have been able to achieve in support of survivors this year and how they have adapted during the pandemic and remained accessible to their clients and provided high quality service.

To learn more about domestic violence and how you can support survivors, access the Domestic Violence Awareness Month Activities Calendar at www.one-eighty.org. Also included is a reading list of subject-matter fiction/nonfiction books available from the Wayne County Public Library and the Clevnet system. And stop by the OneEighty main office at 104 Spink St. in Wooster for a purple ribbon car magnet to show your support. Thank you for your care and commitment.

Bobbi Douglas


Editor’s note: Bobbi Douglas is executive director of OneEighty.

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