It’s Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and one key aspect of awareness is understanding what domestic violence is at its core.
Domestic violence – or “DV” – encompasses a range of behaviors that are used to establish power and exert control over a current or former intimate partner. According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, on average, nearly 20 people per minute are physically abused by an intimate partner in the US alone. This means that more than ten million individuals experience domestic violence each year.
As shocking as this number is, that statistic only includes physical violence and doesn’t account for any other form of abuse. While people often think of domestic violence as purely physical, DV is actually much more complex than that. Domestic violence can be verbal, sexual, and even psychological; and while physical abuse is seemingly more visible, the effects of emotional trauma and psychological manipulation can last a lifetime.
So now that we’re aware of what domestic violence is, what are our next steps?
WTLC is dedicated to not only addressing individual situations of abuse in our community, but actually ending domestic violence entirely. Our Community team works with local businesses, schools, and partner organizations to raise awareness and provide prevention education in the areas of recognizing red flags, what do do if you suspect domestic violence, and where to go for help. By encouraging our community to take an active role in recognizing situations of violence and abuse, we can create a safer world where no one has to live in fear in their own home.
The community team also facilitates our 40-hour domestic violence counselor training multiple times every year, helping to grow the number of DV Advocates in our community. Together we can create a safer society that prioritizes the well-being of all of our neighbors.
If you are interested in becoming certified as a DV counselor, or if you would like to invite one of our Community Advocates to facilitate a training around domestic violence at your workplace, faith communities, or social clubs, please reach out to Eddy Fuentes at 714-992-1939 x 135 or Stephanie Te’o at 714-992-1939 x 113.