Family Law Prof Blog

Editor: Margaret Ryznar
Indiana University
Robert H. McKinney School of Law

Monday, October 19, 2020

October-Domestic Violence Awareness Month

From LMH Health:

Domestic Violence Awareness Month, observed each October, allows communities to engage in conversations around domestic violence and look deeply into what those two words mean, especially during a pandemic.

Will Averill, Director of Communications at the Willow Domestic Violence Center, said "domestic violence affects extended family, social circles, communities, cities and has profound effects nationally in terms of the expenses and the impact it has on emergency response." Law enforcement, ambulance services, legal services and hospitals as services are called into play. 

Cori Green, Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners (SANE) coordinator at LMH Health, said when the shutdown happened, SANE staff saw hardly any patients. Green said. “It’s possible we aren’t seeing these patients because they can’t leave their situations.”

It's vital in October to make people aware and help raise awareness about domestic violence and make it clear it's a public matter.

Read more here.

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