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Domestic Violence Awareness Month – Help for Victims of Domestic Violence

Every October, the national Domestic Violence Awareness Month is observed to highlight the issues of domestic violence. Reports state that one out of three women constantly experience domestic violence. Domestic violence is nothing but intimate partner abuse and many women are found to be victims of sexual, emotional and psychological abuses. Many people irrespective of age and gender, become victims of domestic violence. And many victims are still unaware of the resources that are available to help out such victims. Youngsters between ages 16 and 24 are more likely to become victims of intimate partner violence.

Even if you are not a victim of domestic abuse, you may learn about the resources that are available to help out people who suffer and people who are affected. The US Department of Health and Human Services Office on Women’s Health, offers free resources to help out people who are victims of intimate partner violence. People who are suffering and people who had suffered, must know that there is someone to help them. Women who experience violence must know that no one has the right to harm them and they must find out how to stay safe.

The resources offered by the US Department of Health and Human Services, contain information about the violence help hotlines and fact sheets about sexual assault and intimate partner violence. People who are being abused by their intimate partners, may get help by calling the police or calling hotlines. Similarly, they can also speak to friends and relatives who can help them.

They can also reach out to doctors and counselors, who can offer physical and emotional support. There are few shelters that provide food and housing, to people who are victims of domestic abuse and they can get help from those shelters. Similarly, victims can contact advocates who are trained to help such victims of domestic violence or sexual assault. They can talk to an advocate who can provide them information about the counseling services and legal support.

President Obama said that he is looking forward to work with the Congress in order to strengthen the Violence Against Women Act. He also said that his administration has been proving support to the victims of domestic violence and has taken efforts to put an end to domestic violence and intimate partner violence. He also said that America will soon become a country where no one lives with fear.

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