Domestic violence affects millions of Americans each year
October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month — a public campaign that began in 1981 with a Day of Unity and then morphed into a month-long event in 1987.
Although awareness of domestic violence is growing, more than half of the violent acts still go unreported. Worldwide, at least one in three women has been beaten or abused during her lifetime. Most often, the abuser is a member of her own family.
The experts tell us domestic violence knows no boundaries and can touch anyone regardless of their social, economic, racial or cultural background. Most domestic violence victims are women, but men, children and teenagers also can be victims, especially when the abuse is emotional or psychological rather than physical.