Domestic Violence: Awareness—Services--Prevention
In October, during National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, we give attention to the phenomenon of domestic violence in our society: any kind of behavior that a person uses to control an intimate partner through fear and intimidation—including physical, sexual, psychological, verbal, and economic abuse. The mission of the Archdiocese of Chicago Domestic Violence Outreach (ACDVO) ministry, to which our parish ministry belongs, is raising awareness of domestic violence, providing services and information about services, and preventing domestic violence. This week, we cover awareness; subsequent articles in The Dome will cover services and prevention.
Awareness—did you know?
More than 10 million adults experience domestic violence each year. Most of the victims of domestic violence are women—1 in 4 women experience some form of domestic violence during their lifetime, while 1 in 10 men do. Over 50% of men who abuse their wives also abuse their children. Younger, unmarried women are at greatest risk for domestic violence. Local domestic violence hotlines received approximately 19,000 calls each day, an average of about 13 calls every minute.
To help raise awareness of domestic violence, our Ascension parish has placed purple ribbons around the outside columns of the church, posted a banner outside, publishes articles in our bulletin, and included victims of domestic violence in our Prayers to the Faithful. Fr. Rex and Fr. Bob will also address domestic violence in their homilies.
For those who experience domestic violence…
If you need help: Contact Sarah’s Inn 24/7 crisis line to connect with advocates and counselors: phone 708-386-4225; text 708-792-3120. In an emergency: Dial 911 or call the National Domestic Violence 24-hour Hotline at
800-799-7233 or 800-7873224 TTY.