October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, an opportunity to understand more about this tragic issue that affects more than 10 million men and women across the country each year. According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, 1 in 3 women and 1 in 4 men have been the victim of domestic violence during their lifetime. Learn more about signs that could indicate someone may be a victim of domestic violence here.
If you think a friend, family member or coworker may be a victim of domestic violence, there are steps you can take to help, such as talking to them without being confrontational, offering support if they need it and providing them with information to contact a service that can help.
Below is a list of available resources and services that can help victims of domestic violence:
- The National Domestic Violence Hotline – Immediate help and support is available 24/7 for those experiencing domestic violence or looking for resources for help.
- DomesticShelters.org – This search tool will locate help and shelters for domestic violence victims in your area.
- Americans Overseas Domestic Violence Crisis Center – Offers support and resources for Americans living abroad.
- Break the Cycle – Specifically geared toward teenagers, this resource provides information about recognizing and addressing dating violence.
- WomensLaw.org – Provides legal information and support to victims of domestic violence, including a database of legal services in each state.
For Health Advocate Members
If you’re a Health Advocate member with access to the EAP+Work/Life program, call your Work/Life specialist to learn more about this issue and what to do if you or someone you know may be a victim of domestic violence. Specialists can also help you locate resources available for victims in your area, including counseling, shelters, legal help and other assistance services.