October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month!

“October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, which first began in 1981 by the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence as a Day of Unity to connect battered women’s advocates across the country.

Domestic violence affects millions of women,  every race, religion, culture and status. It’s not just punches and black eyes — it’s yelling, humiliation, stalking, manipulation, coercion, threats and isolation. It’s stealing a paycheck, keeping tabs online, non-stop texting, constant use the silent treatment, or calling someone stupid so often they believe it.

Since the Violence Against Women Act passed in 1994, we’ve come a long way. This landmark legislation, led by then Senator Joe Biden, combined new provisions that hold offenders accountable and provide programs and services for victims. Between 1993 and 2010, the overall rate of domestic violence dropped nearly two-thirds and state laws have reformed to address issues such as dating abuse in the workplace, stalking, employment discrimination and more.” (source: https://www.breakthecycle.org/blog/it%E2%80%99s-national-domestic-violence-awareness-month.)

The members of Soroptimist International of Huntington Beach are working to end domestic or partner violence, human trafficking and all types of gender inequality.

Join us on October 19, 2019 in the A21 Walk for Freedom in Laguna Beach!

 

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