TOPEKA – Every year in October, advocates, survivors and supporters recognize October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month.
In October, the Kansas Coalition Against Sexual and Domestic Violence partners with the National Network to End Domestic Violence and other state and territorial coalitions across the country to launch a coordinated national conversation on domestic violence and how we can all contribute. to change the discourse on this hidden but fundamental subject.
More prevalent than most realize, one in four women and one in seven men will experience domestic violence in their lifetime. Anyone, regardless of gender, race, sexual identity or orientation or socio-economic status, can be a victim of domestic violence. This year’s campaign theme, # Every1KnowsSome1, seeks to highlight how common domestic violence is and is more than physical violence.
“The recent incidents in Kansas and across the country continue to demonstrate that domestic violence is all around us, demanding our attention to support victims and survivors,” said Joyce Grover, executive director of KCSDV. “Whether they know it or not, every Kansan knows someone who is or has been or will be a victim of domestic violence. It is up to each of us to believe the victims and stand up to the aggressors. “
In September 2020 during a one-day national census of domestic violence. 824 victims were served in one day in Kansas. These figures include 393 adult and child victims who have sought refuge in shelters, halfway houses or other accommodation provided by local domestic violence programs; 431 adult and child victims who received non-residential assistance and services, including counseling, legal advice, children’s support groups and more.
Domestic violence helplines are a lifeline for victims at risk, providing support, information, safety planning and resources by phone, chat, SMS and / or email. During the 24-hour investigation period, hotline staff in Kansas received 195 contacts, an average of 8 contacts per hour.
Kansas Governor Laura Kelly recognized October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month by proclaiming domestic violence a widespread and preventable public health issue impacting all demographics of communities in Kansas and Kansas . The statement is presented below.
Throughout October, KCSDV and NNEDV will share content on their social networks to raise awareness and educate the public on the complex dynamics of domestic violence. A week of action is planned for October 18-24, 2021, designed to engage advocates, partners and the public to strike up a national conversation.
Free and confidential help is available 24/7 for people who are victims of domestic violence. Those looking for help can contact the National Domestic Violence Hotline at thehotline.org or 1.800.799.SAFE (7233) or the Kansas Hotline 888-363-2287.