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October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month

The month of October is a time to honor survivors of domestic violence, to raise our voices against abuse and to work towards prevention. Join us for a month of activities and outreach in South County. 


Calendar of Events

Tuesday, October 4 | Kick-Off Event

  • Location: Downtown Central Library
  • Time: 2:30 - 5:00 pm
  • Countywide young adults and youth, survivors, elected officials and dignitaries, professionals, and community members
  • Contacts: Jessica Yaffa This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; Terra Marroquin This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Saturday, October 15 | North County HOPE Event

  • Time:10:00am-1:00 pm
  • Location: Carlsbad
  • Demonstrations, speakers, resource tables, and more
  • Contacts: Jennifer Sierra This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; Kim Houry This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Friday, October 21 | City Heights HOPE Event

  • Time: 3:00-5:00 pm
  • Location: Officer Jeremy Henwood Park (next to MidCity PD)
  • Rally walk with colorful signs, speakers, resource tables, music
  • Contact: Kim This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Tuesday, October 25 | South County HOPE Event with SBCS

  • Time: 9:00 am
  • Location: Chula Vista
  • Press event with local DV service providers, criminal justice professionals, elected officials, and survivors
  • Contact: Patty Chavez This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Wednesday, October 26 | Dine Out Against Domestic Violence

  • Time: 5:00 - 9:00 pm
  • Karinas Restaurants
  • Contact: Patty Chavez, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Friday, October 28th | East County HOPE Event

  • Time: 9:30 am
  • Location: El Cajon
  • Rally walk with colorful signs, speakers, resource tables
  • Contacts: Nicole Aguilar This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; Dalia Bapeer This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Background

Affects of Domestic Violence on Children

  • 75% of boys who are present when their mothers are beaten were later identified as having demonstrable behavior problems (Childhood Domestic Violence Association DCVA)
  • Infants and small children who are exposed to violence in the home experience so much added emotional stress that it can harm development to their brains and impair cognitive and sensory growth. (UNICEF Report)
  • Domestic violence exposed children are four times more likely to visit the school nurse.
  • More than half of school age children in domestic violence shelters show clinical levels of anxiety or post-traumatic stress disorder.
  • Researchers have linked exposure to chronic abuse and violence with lower IQ scores, poorer language skills, decrements in visual-motor integration skills and problems with attention and memory.
  • Cognitive problems associated with exposure to violence and abuse comprises one of the most direct threats to the developmental task of school adaptation and academic achievement.
  • Witnessing violence as a child is associated with adult reports of depression, trauma-related symptoms and low self-esteem among women and trauma-related symptoms among men
  • Children in homes where domestic violence occurs are physically abused or seriously neglected at a rate 1500% higher than the national average in the general population.
  • 3 million children witness domestic violence each year in the US.
  • The single best predictor of children becoming either perpetrators or victims of domestic violence later in life is whether or not they grow up in a home where there is domestic violence. (UNICEF Report)

The costs to the community are staggering. According to a study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:

  • There are 5.3 million incidents of intimate partner violence (physical assault, rape, and stalking) against women age 18 and older in the United States each year.
  • These incidents result in 1,300 deaths and 2 million injuries, 555,000 of which require medical attention.
  • Victims of intimate partner violence lose a total of nearly 8 million days of paid work (the equivalent of over 32,000 full-time jobs) and 5.6 million days of household productivity each year.
  • The costs of these victimizations exceed $5.8 billion annually.
  • A recent study of abusers in the workplace found that domestic violence offenders were likely to use work time and workplace resources to contact victims for abusive purposes.
  • Seventy percent of men who attend batterer's intervention programs report losing work time due to domestic violence arrests.