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October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month

It’s National Domestic Violence Awareness Month and the Steve Smith Family Foundation wants to continue it’s efforts to bring attention to this issue.

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. 

What is domestic violence, you ask? Domestic violence is the willful intimidation, physical assault, battery, sexual assault, and/or other abusive behavior as part of a systematic pattern of power and control perpetrated by one intimate partner against another. It includes physical violence, sexual violence, threats, and emotional abuse. The frequency and severity of domestic violence can vary dramatically.

If you are in a domestically violent situation and in immediate danger please call 911. If you are in a place that is safe to talk, call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-SAFE. They will help assess your situation and link you to your nearest domestic violence program for help.

Please click here to learn more and review this useful domestic violence awareness toolkit.

If you or someone you know needs help, please call 1-800-799-7233 or visit thehotline.org. You are not alone.