The month of October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, 15% of all violent crimes are violence between intimate partners. In the United States, every day 3 women are killed by intimate partner violence and as many as fifty women are killed every month by an intimate partner. The Philadelphia Police Department alone handles over 100,000 calls about domestic violence every year. Less than 35% of those injured by intimate partner violence obtain medical care for their injuries.
Protecting victims of domestic abuse does not end with an arrest. There is strong research that supports ties between domestic violence and depression, suicidal behavior, and physical health issues. Communities can help reduce the stigma and help domestic violence victims form safe new lives with proper support systems, increased job opportunities, and an intensification in awareness. Many of the programs for domestic violence victims in the Philadelphia area are connected with the District Attorney’s Office.
“If elected District Attorney,” Beth said “I pledge to handle domestic violence cases with the best-trained staff who understand the complexities of this epidemic. This includes ensuring that our complainants receive support services as well as respectfully considering their input into the outcome of the prosecution of the offender.”
Philadelphia Victims Services provides fantastic supports for Victims of Domestic violence, which does not mean we cannot explore how to better help these victims and survivors. “Preventative education about domestic violence should be implemented in our schools.” Beth said. “It is imperative that students know that any type of violence, be it physical, verbal or psychological, in the context of a relationship is not acceptable.”
Philadelphia Domestic Violence Hotline toll free number is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 1-866-723-3014. Services are free, confidential, and bilingual.
More information online on supports can be found at the Philadelphia Police Department for Victims of Domestic Violence website.