In the United States, an average of 20 people will experience intimate partner physical violence every minute. This equates to more than 10 million abuse victims annually. October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month where advocates across the country try to bring to light the effects domestic violence has on individuals and communities.
According to New York State Coalition Against Domestic Violence, for the past 3 years New York State has had the highest demand for domestic violence services. These services include but are not limited too; seeking refuge in emergency shelter, assistance with court accompaniment and legal advocacy, counseling, support groups, support/advocacy with public benefits, and support/advocacy with housing/landlord. For the past 12 years, the National Network to End Domestic Violence conducted a one-day survey to capture the number of individuals and children seeking domestic violence related services. In 2017, they recorded 72,245 victims seeking services nationwide, 7,148 of those individuals were in New York State alone. On that same day, in New York, 852 victims’ needs were unable to be met because of a lack in resources available, due largely to budget cuts.
With statistics this troubling, it is likely that on any given day, regardless of what we do personally or professionally – we will encounter someone who has been abused by an intimate partner. It is important that we are mindful about how we interact with victims of domestic violence especially when they come to us seeking help in whatever capacity that may be.
Please mark your calendars and plan to join Cattaraugus Community Action Victim Services and ACCORD for a free Domestic Violence Awareness Training Presentation with keynote speaker Sara Mahoney who brings more than a decade of specialized experience and training. This event will be held at the Jamestown Community College, Olean Campus Cutco Theater, Thursday October 18th, from noon until 3pm. Please RSVP to Kathlyn Ramey at email@example.com by the 16th as there will be light refreshments provided.
Please reach out to your local Domestic Violence Agency for more information or to seek services:
Allegany County, ACCORD- 800-593-5322
Cattaraugus County, Cattaraugus Community Action Victim Services -1-888-945-3970