October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month
Posted by Shannon Yearwood on 10/07/2011
Domestic violence is the leading cause of injury to women: more so than muggings, stranger rapes, and car accidents combined. A woman is safer on the streets than she is in her own home: she is nine times more likely to be battered by her partner than by a stranger ~ FBI.
October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. In order to help bring awareness to the community, The Domestic Violence Council of Greenville County is presenting a viewing of a documentary about an Intimate Partner Homicide. “Telling Amy’s Story” takes the viewers through the documented incidents in the violent relationship that ultimately took Amy’s life.
Following the film will be a panel discussion with members of the community from The Solicitor's Office, Law Enforcement, Domestic Violence Victim Services, Department of Social Services, Batterer's Intervention Program, and a Survivor of Domestic Violence. The goal of the panel discussion is to help educate the audience about Domestic Violence in our community.
One incident of domestic violence is reported every minute in the U.S.; the actual number of battering incidents is estimated to be once every nine seconds. South Carolina is currently ranked #7 in the Nation for number of Intimate Partner Homicides.
Domestic Violence is something that impacts every individual, group, business and faith community in Greenville County. If you want to learn more about the issue of Domestic Violence and how to make Greenville a safe place for all its residents, please attend this event and share the information with your family, friends and colleagues.