National Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Raise domestic violence awareness with other organizations worldwide during October, using the purple ribbon

Intimate partner violence (IPV) occurs across age, ethnic and economic lines, among heterosexual and same-sex couples. Victims of intimate partner violence are at increased risk for suffering serious physical and mental health problems that continue for years after the abuse has ended. In fact, the percentage of women who considered their mental health to be poor is almost three times higher among women with a history of violence compared to those without a history of violence.1

Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM) is a month designated to raise awareness about domestic and sexual violence. Across the country, advocates are joining health care providers, business leaders, policy makers, faith-based groups, college students and many others at events and activities designed bring attention to this critical issue.

Safety Alerts: If you are a victim of abuse or violence at the hands of someone you know or love, or you are recovering from an assault by a stranger, you are not alone. Get immediate help and support. The National Domestic Violence Hotline can be reached 24 hours a day, seven days a week at (800) 799-SAFE (7233) and (800) 787-3224 (TTY). 

Remember that computer use can be monitored and is impossible to completely clear. If you are afraid your internet and/or computer usage might be monitored, please use a safer computer and/or use a telephone/cell phone where your call log can be erased.

E-stats: Domestic violence
  • More than one in three women and one in four men in the United States have experienced, rape, physical violence and/or stalking by an intimate partner in their lifetime.1

  • On average, more than three women are murdered by their husbands or boyfriends every day.2

  • One in five female high school students reports being physically and/or sexually abused by a dating partner.3

  • IPV is the leading cause of female homicides and injury-related deaths during pregnancy?4

1 Black, M.C., Basile, K.C., Breiding, M.J., Smith, S.G., Walters, M.L., Merrick, M.T., Chen, J., & Stevens, M.R. (2011). The national Intimate Partner Violence Survey (NISVS): 2010 Summary Report. Atlanta, Ga.: National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
2 Progress & Perils: New Agenda for Women, Center for the Advancement of Women. June 2003.
3 Silverman, Jay G., Raj, Anita, and Clements, Karen. “Dating Violence Against Adolescent Girls and Associated Substance Use, Unhealthy Weight Control, Sexual Risk Behavior, Pregnancy, and Suicidality.” Pediatrics, August 2004.
4 Violence Policy Center (VPC), American Roulette: Murder-Suicide in the United States, April 2006.