Friday, October 5, 2018

October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month

For many, home is a place of love, warmth, and comfort. It’s somewhere that you know you will be surrounded by care and support, and a nice little break from the busyness of the real world. But for millions of others, home is anything but a sanctuary. The U.S. Department of Justice estimates that 1.3 million women and 835,000 men are victims of physical violence by a partner every year. 

Did you know?       
  • Every 12 seconds a woman in the U.S. is beaten
  • Children from violent homes suffer emotional and often physical abuse
  • 1 in 4 women and 1 in 5 men will experience domestic violence during their lifetime
  • Children who witness domestic violence are more likely to exhibit behavioral and physical health problems.

This month, and throughout the year, remember that you can make a difference.
Domestic Violence – It is YOUR BUSINESS and OURS!

Bergen County will be holding several events to not only raise funds to end the cycle of domestic abuse but also to highlight the problem.

Fifth Annual Vigil and “Pathway to Sufficiency” Brick Dedication Wednesday, October 4 at 6:00 pm, Van Saun County Park – Lot #4, Paramus

 Purple Purse Challenge
The Allstate Foundation
(October 2- 28) Walk Together Against Domestic Violence Saturday, October 14 at 10 am ,Van Saun County Park 

The ART of Survival   Baring Our Soles  exhibit at Bergen County Libraries during the month of October.** This is an art program within Center for Hope and Safety (CHS).

 The ART of Survival Exhibit and Reception, October 9, 6 – 7:30 pm at the Art School Gallery at Old Church ,561 Piermont Road, Demarest

Here at the Bergen Volunteer Center, we try to disrupt the cycle of domestic violence through our Mentoring Moms and Mentoring Youth programs. For additional information, contact Kimberly Malone at and/or 201-489-9454 x213.

To read about the signs of an abusive relationship, click on article: