Did you know? Domestic violence affects a quarter of American families and accounts for more than a third of visits to emergency rooms by women. From The Second Step
Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM) evolved from the “Day of Unity” held in October 1981 and conceived by the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence. The intent was to connect advocates across the nation who were working to end violence against women and their children.
- Each year, an estimated 3.3 million children witness their mothers or female caretakers being abused (American Psychological Association, 1996).
- Nearly 1 in 3 adult women experience at least one physical assault by a partner during adulthood. (American Psychological Association, 1996).
- Approximately 1.5 million women and 835,000 men are raped and/or physically assaulted by an intimate partner annually in the United States (Tjaden and Thoennes, 2000).
- Between 12% and 35% of teenagers have experienced some form of violence- from pushing and shoving to hitting- in a dating relationship (Simon and Golden, 1997).
In honor of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, I am doing a round-up of resources for kids. Last year, I created this list: Domestic Violence Books for Kids.
Alcohol abuse can also increase domestic violence. Between twenty-five and fifty percent of all domestic violence incidents begin with drinking (Tennessee Association of Alcohol, Drug and other Addiction). Here’s some resources for kids who live in an alcoholic home.
Graphic Novel on Substance Abuse
I was thrilled to meet Jennifer L. Holm at a Nerdy Book Club Meet Up in Boston. She’s the nicest person ever!
Sunny Side Up by Jennifer L. Holm and Matthew Holm
Jennifer and Matt write:
Sometimes it’s hard to be a kid. It can be even harder when someone you love has a drug or alcohol abuse problem.
Like Sunny, we had a close relative who had serious issues with substance abuse. As children, we were bystanders to this behavior and yet it affected our whole world. It made us feel ashamed and embarrassed and scared and sad. Most of all, it was something we felt we had to keep secret.
We wrote this book so that young readers who are facing these same issues today don’t feel ashamed like we did. When someone in a family struggles with substance abuse, the whole family struggles with it. It’s ok to feel sad and confused and to need some help. And it’s definitely okay to talk about it.” [graphic novel, ages 8 and up]
To support Domestic Violence Awareness Month, I am donating 10% of what I make from my Amazon Affiliates sales to my local charity, The Second Step, which provides transitional housing and a wide variety of supportive services for survivors of domestic violence and their children.
What will you do to spread the word about stopping domestic violence? Please share!
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