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October Represents National Domestic Violence Awareness Month

October represents not only Breast Cancer Awareness Month across the country, but it also has an objective to raise awareness for another serious issue, domestic violence.

You have probably seen pink ribbons and other pink items worn this month in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, but if you have noticed the color purple, this is symbol for Domestic Violence Awareness Month and it is worn in order to promote knowledge about domestic violence so that it can be stopped.

In the United States, nearly 12.7 millionĀ  men and women are the victims of domestic violence a year and this means that they are either emotionally or physically abused, raped or stalked by their intimate partner. The ribbon is worn in order to remind people of a moral duty to prevent events like this from occurring.

The color purple is chosen for this month because it represents honor, dedication, courage, and survival. Domestic violence month mourns the loss of those who have lost their lives to this and other crimes.

The efforts of this month work to educate community members on the serious issues as well as increase the resources that a domestic violence victim has so that he or she can get out of the dangerous situation. U.S. Congress deemed October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month in 1989. It is important for people to know that domestic violence does not justĀ  mean physical abuse, but also includes threats, humiliation, jealousy, and isolation.

If you have been the victim of domestic violence, contact the San Diego domestic violence lawyers of Ritter & Associates today.

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