The CHI ND Violence Prevention Program is honoring October 2018 as Domestic Violence Awareness Month. The statistics associated with domestic violence are astonishing. According to the Center for Disease Control approximately 1 in 3 women and 1 in 4 men in the US have been slapped, pushed, or shoved by an intimate partner in her/his lifetime; this doesn’t even begin to reflect those who experience verbal, psychological or sexual abuse.
Catholic Health Initiatives understands that experiencing violence has long-term impacts on the health and wellbeing of victims and society as a whole, but we believe together we can end domestic violence. This month we renew our commitment to providing help and services to individuals impacted by domestic violence. During October our associates will be wearing purple pins and awareness materials will be displayed in our facilities to honor victims and survivors. Domestic Violence Awareness Month is a reminder that all year long we encourage those experiencing violence to reach out to our health care providers for help and information on domestic violence services.
Ending domestic violence requires the collective voice and power of individuals, families, institutions, and systems to transform our communities. As health care professionals and community members we recognize that one simple act can change a feeling, someone’s day, and someone’s life; this month join us in making a commitment to
- Using your voice to stand against domestic violence and victim-blaming.
- Listening to victims and survivors without judgment.
- Inspiring others to learn about domestic violence.
- Learning about services offered by your local domestic violence program.
- Encouraging others to celebrate Domestic Violence Awareness Month.
The CHI ND Violence Prevention Program seeks to create communities free from intimate partner violence by building community and organizational capacity and by promoting healthy relationships. The program serves Bismarck, Carrington, Devils Lake, Dickinson, Lisbon, Oakes, Valley City, and Williston.