National Domestic Violence Awareness Month 

By SEAN R.R. HAMMOND

TOWER staff writer

 

October, 2013 is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. This October is dedicated to drawing attention to one of the most prevalent problems in communities, families, and intimate relationships. This month, many separate non-profit groups and organizations, such as the Domestic Violence Resource Center (DVRC), will organize events that build awareness and focus on the importance of creating and maintaining healthy relationships.

On September 14, 1994, President Bill Clinton passed the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA). This act does not exclude males, as the title may mislead. Both men and women are covered by the increased protection via law enforcement from sexual assault, domestic violence, and stalking.

The aim of the act is to support women, who are the primary victims of domestic violence. Within their lifetimes, one in four women have experienced severe domestic violence. Even more astounding, three women are killed due to domestic violence everyday.

Additionally, as of 2013, quoting President Barrack Obama in regard to the Affordable Care Act, insurance companies will be “prohibited from denying coverage because of pre-existing conditions, and new health plans must cover domestic violence screening and counseling with no copayments.”

As college students we live in an environment with tremendous freedom, independence, and opportunity. During these years as we gain perspective on life and what we individually desire from it, we are given the chances to form intimate bonds with others—friendship and romance alike. Our freedoms and choices at college may lead to arguments and disagreements in relationships. However, to extensively berate and harass anyone through speech, text, emotional, or physical means is an instance of domestic violence. So be cautious and do not let your emotions dictate poor treatment of a relationship partner and develop poor habits for your future.

When the people of a community talk about Domestic Violence, we give voice to those who have been silent victims—and by doing so build stronger, communal relationships with the virtue of tending to the deliverance of equal human rights to all.

Resources:

Domestic Violence Resource Center (DVRC)

Victim Compensation and Government Claims Board (VCGCB)

National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV)

Presidential Proclamation -- National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, 2013

 

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