9 seconds and counting...

  • Every 9 seconds in the US a woman is assaulted or beaten.
  • Around the world, at least one in every three women has been beaten, coerced into sex or otherwise abused during her lifetime. Most often, the abuser is a member of her own family.
  • Nearly 1 in 5 teenage girls who have been in a relationship said a boyfriend threatened violence or self-harm if presented with a breakup.
  • While Halloween festivities are creeping up on us this month, October is also Domestic Violence Awareness Month and the color of support is purple. People across the country are taking a stand to raise awareness around domestic/dating violence and lower those statistics. October 15th is “Wear a purple ribbon” day! You can wear one to show your support and raise awareness about domestic violence in your community. You can wear a purple t-shirt, paint your nails purple, perhaps wear purple socks. Other people take more dramatic measures: In New Jersey, Clinton Mayor (and DV survivor) Janice Kovach dyed her hair purple to raise awareness and spark a conversation about how “domestic violence affects all types of people.”JaniceKovachPurpleHair

    Here on O’ahu, our partner program, CHSS, has created a calendar of events that will be taking place throughout the month on the Leeward coast:

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    What are some ways YOU can raise awareness around domestic/dating violence for DVAM?

    How many days this month can you incorporate the color purple in to your outfit?

    Post your photo on Instagram showing your purple support!

    Tag us @teenalertprogram #DVAM #TAP808

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