October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. We at Southern Valley Alliance for Battered Women are TAKING A STAND against domestic violence! The term "domestic violence" describes physical, sexual, or psychological harm by a current or former partner or spouse. Domestic violence affects 10 million of our fellow Americans per year. The cost to society is staggering with intimate partner violence exceeding 8.3 billion dollars annually. Not only does it tax our health care, law enforcement, legal, and social service systems but more importantly it represents a substantial loss in human potential. The devastating consequences of domestic violence can cross generations and last a lifetime. Domestic violence is prevalent in every community, even beautiful, rural, idyllic Scott and Carver counties. Last year SVABW served 728 victims in Scott and Carver counties. It is estimated that 1 in 3 women and 1 in 4 men will be victims of domestic violence in their lifetime. Domestic violence affects people regardless of age, economic status, sexual orientation, gender, race, religion or nationality. Domestic violence is a serious, preventable public health problem.
This October we invite you to #TAKE A STAND against domestic violence. During the month of October we will have displays at both Carver and Scott County Government Centers where you can take a selfie in our Facebook frame and post it. If you don’t have time to get to the government centers, just make a sign that says #TAKE A STAND and post a picture of you holding it. We would love to see this campaign take off, go viral, and raise awareness about domestic violence! Visit our website www.svabw.org and like us on FB, LinkedIn and Twitter.

Stephanie Smith
Community Engagement Coordinator
Southern Valley Alliance for Battered Women