Domestic Violence Awareness Month

The Caring House of Iron Mountain, this area’s domestic violence shelter, is winding down on its activities for Domestic Violence Awareness Month, which is October.

It’s a unique situation. Caring House officials host a series of events each October in hopes of taking themselves out of business.

Sadly, their campaign continues, because domestic violence continues.

Domestic violence an epidemic affecting individuals in every community, regardless of age, economic status, race, religion, nationality or educational background, the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence reports.

Violence against women is often accompanied by emotionally abusive and controlling behavior, and thus is part of a systematic pattern of dominance and control.

Domestic violence results in physical injury, psychological trauma, and sometimes death. The consequences of domestic violence can cross generations and truly last a lifetime.

National Coalition Against Domestic Violence statistics show:

– One in every four women will experience domestic violence in her lifetime.

– An estimated 1.3 million women are victims of physical assault by an intimate partner each year.

– Eight-five percent of domestic violence victims are women.

– Historically, females have been most often victimized by someone they knew.

– Females who are 20-24 years of age are at the greatest risk of nonfatal intimate partner violence.

– Most cases of domestic violence are never reported to the police.

– One in six women and one in 33 men have experienced an attempted or completed rape.

– Nearly 7.8 million women have been raped by an intimate partner at some point in their lives.

– Sexual assault or forced sex occurs in approximately 40-45 percent of battering relationships.

– One in 12 women and one in 45 men have been stalked in their lifetime.

– Eighty-one percent of women stalked by a current or former intimate partner are also physically assaulted by that partner; 31 percent are also sexually assaulted by that partner.

– Caring House typically provides services to more than 400 individuals and provides more than 3,000 bednights at the Iron Mountain shelter each year.

Had enough? So have the victims of domestic violence.

You can help in two ways:

– By spreading the word that domestic violence is totally unacceptable under circumstance.

– By helping Caring House Inc., a nonprofit organization, with a financial contribution. Send your check to: Caring House Inc., 1305 Prospect Ave, Iron Mountain, MI 49801.

For more ways to help, call 774-1337 between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday for more information.