Domestic Violence Awareness Month: Take a Stand
Most people consider October as a month of celebrating Halloween, pumpkin spice lattes and an extra hour of sleep with Daylight Savings. However, many are unaware of greater issues that should be observed. One that I hold near to my heart is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, which was started by the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence and has been observed for almost 30 years. Since joining the Reveal team earlier this year, I learned that awareness is the first step – but that celebrating the beauty and dignity of these victims also plays a huge role in the healing process. I was privileged to help with Reveal’s annual Valentine’s Day makeover event last February, where we were able to help celebrate these women through a day of pampering and love.
Even though October is designated as the official awareness month, we have the power to make it a year-round stance. Knowing the fact that one in four women living in the U.S. will experience domestic violence at least once in her lifetime, don’t sit back and watch yourself or a loved one become a statistic. Take a stand today: contact 911 or the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-SAFE to report abuse.
-Andrea Jahanbozorgi, Marketing Team (firstname.lastname@example.org)
 Center for Disease Control behavioral risk factor surveillance system survey, 2005