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Raise Domestic Violence Awareness, Help Victims

By Nottage and Ward on October 5, 2011

October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and has been for the last 24 years. Helping battered women and children find the support they need to end and overcome the abuse that they’ve suffered is the goal of the National Coalition Against Violence (NCADV).

Domestic violence, also referred to as Intimate Partner Violence (IPV), is the willful physical assault, sexual assault, battery, intimidation, and/or other abusive behavior committed by an intimate partner against another. This abusive behavior can last a lifetime and results in psychological trauma, bodily injury, and even death. According to the NCADV, most domestic violence cases are never reported to law enforcement, which is why raising awareness is so important in helping battered individuals find the support they need.

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