October is Domestic Violence Awareness and Prevention Month, launched nationwide over 30 years ago to connect individuals and organizations working on domestic violence issues while also raising awareness. President Biden has issued a related proclamation.

Domestic violence is defined as violence on the basis of sex committed by a current or former spouse or intimate partner of the complainant. Dating violence is defined as violence on the basis of sex committed by a person who is in or has been in a relationship of a romantic or intimate nature with the complainant. Learn more.

Extreme jealousy, possessiveness, extremely controlling behavior, and a bad temper are only a few of the signs of an abuser. On average, nearly 20 people per minute are physically abused by an intimate partner in the United States. During one year, this equates to more than 10 million people. Twenty-one percent of college students report having experienced dating violence by a current partner, and 32 percent report experiencing dating violence by a previous partner. Domestic violence occurs in all populations; learn more about the statistics.

By raising awareness and educating others about this topic, we can do our part to help combat domestic violence. If you or someone you know would like more information on resources and support, read the Title IX Resource Guide. To make a report of domestic violence, submit a One Pard. Turning Point’s annual vigil is on Oct. 20. If you’re interested in related programming, contact Katy BednarskyAmanda Hanincik, PASA or One Love.

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