October is National Domestic Awareness Month!

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ELMIRA, N.Y. (WETM) – October is National Domestic Awareness Month!

The month brings awareness to the men and women that have suffered from physical violence by a partner every year.

According to the National Child Traumatic Stress Network, an average of 20 people are physically abused by intimate partners every minute. This equates to more than 10 million abuse victims annually. 1 in 3 women and 1 in 4 men have been physically abused by an intimate partner, and 1 in 5 women and 1 in 7 men have been severely physically abused by an intimate partner.

“You don’t have to be ready to leave, you don’t have to be ready to cut all ties, we can support you through that journey,” said Ashley Kerrick, Schuyler Director of Catholic Charities.

Here are some of the top warning signs of domestic abuse:

  • black eyes
  • bruises
  • busted lips
  • sprained wrists
  • anxiety
  • changes in sleep habits
  • low self-esteem

Millions of Americans live in daily, silent fear within their own homes. Also, every year millions of children are exposed to domestic violence.

“We provide support in advocacy, information and referrals, and linkage to domestic violence shelters in our local communities,” said Kerrick.

On October 23rd at 9:30 a.m., Catholic Charities of Chemung and Schuyler Counties is partnering with the A Pace for Women’s Justice Center for a webinar called ‘Isolated, Not Alone: Lessons Learned During the Pandemic.

To register, click here.

If you or someone you know is suffering from domestic violence, call the National Domestic Violence Hotline, 1.800.799.SAFE (7233).

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