This October, during National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, we encourage you to help The Salvation Army raise awareness about domestic violence and join the fight towards ending violence against women and their children.
It is estimated that one in four women will experience domestic violence in her lifetime (NCADV). Each year, up to 4 million women are victims of physical assault by an intimate partner. Most of these cases go unreported.
Domestic violence results in physical, emotional, and psychological trauma that can often go unnoticed or unreported. It is important to look out for the major signs.
- Bruises or injuries. Black eyes, red or purple marks at the neck, and sprained wrists are common injuries in violent relationships
- Making excuses for their injuries. Often the seriousness of the injury does not match up with the explanation
- Isolation from friends, family, or coworkers
- Low self esteem
- Loss of interest or a feeling of hopelessness
Through our Center of Hope programs, we help women and children who have nowhere else to go. Thirty-eight percent of our Center of Hope clients have reported a history of domestic violence. Among the chronically homeless (women who have been continuously homeless for a year or more, or living in a homeless emergency shelter) domestic violence increases to 66 percent. That includes past and current, or ongoing, abuse. Those who reported as currently fleeing domestic violence is a staggering 31 percent!
The Salvation Army is the second largest provider of shelter to victims of domestic abuse in the United States, with domestic violence shelters across the country. We offer many services for survivors. When a woman leaves an abusive relationship and needs protection and counseling, she can call The Salvation Army’s 24/7 domestic abuse hotline, stay at our emergency shelters, get emotional and spiritual counseling, and receive financial assistance. All of our services exist so that survivors can gain strength, independence, and spiritual direction.
We encourage you to join our fight against domestic abuse; here is how to get involved:
- Donate – to a domestic violence organization or to the Center of Hope shelter to help us as we speak hope to survivors of domestic violence.
- Volunteer your time – at a worthwhile organization making an impact in the lives of women who have fallen victim to domestic violence. You can volunteer to serve at the Center of Hope shelter.
- Make your voice heard – speak out against domestic violence on social media to help raise awareness about the issue in our community.