Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Guest Viewpoint

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. 2011 marks the 25th Commemoration of National Domestic Violence Month. This is a time for law enforcement, victim assistance agencies and community leaders to work together in generating greater public awareness of domestic violence, prevention strategies and effective response for victims.

Do you know?

  • One in every four women will experience domestic violence in her lifetime;

  • An estimated 1.3 million women in the United States are victims of physical assault by an intimate partner each year;

  • Most cases of domestic violence are never reported to police;

  • Approximately 20 percent of the 1.5 million people who experience intimate partner violence annually obtain civil protection orders. More than two thirds of the restraining orders against intimate partners who rape and stalk the victim are violated;

  • Approximately one in five high school girls report being abused by a boyfriend;

  • Witnessing violence between one’s parents or caretakers is the strongest risk factor of transmitting violent behavior from one generation to the next;

  • Boys who witness domestic violence are twice as likely to abuse their own partners and children when they become adults;

  • Up to 60 percent of perpetrators of intimate partner violence abuse children in the household;

  • Almost one third of female homicide victims that are reported in police records are killed by an intimate partner.

Victims have the right to know! If you have been a victim or know someone who is and the offender is in jail or prison, you have the right to know when he/she is released BEFORE more violence occurs.

Victims have the right to know! The New York Sheriff’s Victim Hotline is a free, round-the-clock service that automatically notifies victims and other concerned citizens by phone or email when an offender is released from jail or prison. Simply register for notification anonymously by calling 1888-VINE-4-NY or go online at www.vinelink.com and register.

In the first 6 months of this year, 544,494 searches were made about inmates incarcerated in New York State. The results were over 300,000 phone calls and over 22,000 emails made to notify victims and concerned citizens about changes in status of the offender.

Victims have the right to know!

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