Dear families and friends,
Since 1989, Domestic Violence Awareness Month has been recognized each October; a time set aside to raise awareness about this serious and widespread problem and to support survivors.
Domestic Violence (DV) is a pattern of abusive behavior in an intimate relationship that is used by one partner to gain or maintain power and control over another partner. While many people think first of physical violence, DV can be any combination of physical, sexual, emotional, economic, psychological, or technological actions or threats of actions or other patterns of coercive behavior that influence another person within an intimate partner relationship.
Domestic violence can happen to anyone, regardless of age, race, gender, sexual orientation, or socioeconomic status. It can happen to people in all types of relationships, including dating relationships, marriage, and parent-child relationships.
Domestic violence is a widespread and serious public health problem. An average of 20 people are physically abused by intimate partners every minute – more than 10 million victims annually. Children witnessed violence in nearly 1 in 4 (22%) intimate partner violence cases filed in state courts.
The effects of domestic violence can be devastating. Survivors of domestic violence often experience physical injuries, mental health problems, and financial difficulties. They may also have difficulty trusting others and maintaining healthy relationships. The consequences for children are particularly harsh; kids who experience abuse themselves or even witness domestic violence are at serious risk for long-term physical and mental health problems.
This is where the Center for Family Services of Palm Beach County can step in, we provide confidential trauma-aware counseling services to survivors and witnesses, intended to reduce those long-term impacts. We also provide preventative education programs and one-on-one sessions designed to equip partners or parents with the tools they need to interact effectively with partners or children.
Help us break the silence around domestic violence and create a safer world for everyone.
Todd L’Herrou, CEO