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October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month

October is known for Halloween, but what many may not realize it is also National Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

For millions home is NOT a sanctuary. The U.S. Department of Justice estimates that 1.3 million women and 835,000 men are victims of physical violence by a partner every year.

11,766 women were killed by a current or ex-male partner between 2001-2012 — shockingly, that is nearly twice as many as the number of U.S. troops killed in Afghanistan and Iraq between 2001 and 2012 (6,488) according to the Huffington Post.  Too many people who are in an abusive relationship will stay with their partner because their self-esteem is destroyed, they are trapped by the Cycle of Abuse and believe that their partner does truly love them, they feel trapped and unable to support a life outside the relationship. Many are simply too frightened to leave.- and it can be very dangerous to leave. Women are 70 times more likely to be killed in the weeks after leaving an abusive partner than any other time in the relationship.

Domestic Violence is also a significant contributing cause of homelessness. In 2019, the Los Angeles County  Homeless Count documented more than 3000 homeless women and men who were fleeing domestic violence.intimate partner violence. Nationally, 57% of all homeless women report domestic violence as an immediate cause of their homelessness. (From National to LA-by safehousingpartnerships.org)

OCLA’s WIN app and the 2019 Directory offer domestic violence victims connections  to local service providers trained to support abuse victims.

To find help using the WIN App: 1. Open Crisis and click on the Domestic Violence/Sexual Assault filter 2. Open Shelter and click on the Domestic Violence Shelters 3. Open Hotlines and click on Domestic Violence/Sexual Assault Hotlines
To find help using the Directory, open the Directory to your region and search under Shelter or  Crisis categories. Additional support is available searching the Hotline or All county sections.