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Domestic Violence Awareness Month...where's the awareness

As domestic violence awareness month comes to a close I am disappointed and frustrated with the local and national media.  Throughout the month there has been story after story of a domestic violence situation, some ending in death.  While the news media reported on the shooting, stabbing, etc, not once did I hear them mention the fact that it was Domestic Violence Awareness Month or the prevalence.  With the numbers of viewers they have they missed a huge opportunity to educate the public and let victims know they are not alone and provide information for resources.

Just a couple of weeks ago a man killed 3 people including his wife just 3 days after she obtained a restraining order.  Four other women were also shot but survived.  This was news all over the country.  Granted, I do not see or read all the news, but nowhere did I hear anything about the seriousness, lethality, or availability of resources.

We have to ask ourselves…is it because there have been too many other big news stories?  Other things that are more important…maybe the upcoming election?  Or is it that we still blame women for being in an abusive relationship?

I’ll be stepping down from my soapbox, at least for now  😉 .  My intention is not to bring people down.  But when 3+ women die everyday in this country at the hands of someone they’ve cared about, we cannot pretend it doesn’t exist.

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5 comments on “Domestic Violence Awareness Month...where's the awareness”

  1. I am just as frustrated. I see and read the news about this but it is usually just a small story...when it should be more. Unfortunately, I have seen more, in the courts. The judges are provided with the facts, but they ignore them. They are provided with police reports, the children come to court to tell the judge, and even advocates are there to try to get the judge to listen, and the judge does nothing but threaten the children with imprisonment of the custodial parent if they don't go with the abusive parent. And yet we see again in the news how someone had an Order of Protection, but it did no good and now the children are without that one parent who tried to keep them safe.

    I just feel it is all being swept under the rug, especially during an election year. Here it took more than a year to remove a judge from the bench who was voted off. She was allowed to cause even more harm on families because of her inability to make safe decisions for them.

    I don't pretend to have the answers, but I do know that something needs to be done. There was no mention here in Illinois of any awareness events for Domestic Violence. I agree that Breast Cancer Awareness is important and I support it, but why does Domestic Violence Awareness have to be hidden? It is just as important if not a bit more important since it is something that we can stop.

    1. Thank you Tracy for taking the time to comment. I'm not sure what it will take to make it more "front and center" as an issue that needs to be addressed....how many more women will die before it is? While it can feel futile to keep speaking about it, it is the only way it will change.

  2. This quote is a perfect example of what I said above....

    “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed, citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”
    ― Margaret Mead

  3. It starts as a few people, just as it starts with one visit to a therapist or one step towards losing weight or one outline for a huge project-one step at a time. We can only do what we can do, but, as long as we keep doing it, it will eventually get very big.

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