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October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month

October 4th, 2018 by WCBC Radio

The statistics are staggering. On average, nearly 20 people per minute are physically abused by an intimate partner in the United States, which equates to more than 10 million women and men. Additionally, 1 in 3 women and 1 in 4 men have been victims of some form of physical violence by an intimate partner within their lifetime, with 1 in 4 women and 1 in 7 men victims of severe physical violence by an intimate partner in their lifetime.

As the nation recognizes Domestic Violence Awareness Month, the Governor’s Office of Crime Control and Prevention (GOCCP) has produced a list of signs, but more importantly, what to do if you suspect you or a loved one are the victim of domestic abuse.

“You always hurt the ones you love might be a saying and a song, but abuse is NOT love,” said V. Glenn Fueston, Jr., GOCCP Executive Director. “Abuse is one person in a relationship having power and control over another person. It is a pattern of coercive, controlling behavior that could be life-threatening and it’s more than physical pain. It could be emotional, economic, stalking and harassment, sexual or the newest form of harassment — manipulating internet-connected devices.”

Abuse can also be deadly, with 46 domestic violence-related deaths reported last year in Maryland, according to the Maryland Network Against Domestic Violence (MNADV).

“Throughout this month, communities across Maryland and across the country will come together, “ said Trisha Gentle, MNADV Executive Director. “We will mourn those whose lives were taken by domestic violence, celebrate the tremendous progress we have made as a movement, share our stories of resilience and hope, and connect with one another to raise awareness and show support for survivors.”

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