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Raise Awareness this October for Domestic Violence


Raising awareness and defining Domestic Violence is the most crucial step in putting a stop to the cycle of violence. Each year, nearly 5.3 million incidents of domestic violence occur among U.S. women ages 18 and up. However, males and females can both be victims of domestic violence. 

What is Domestic Violence?

It is important to acknowledge domestic violence isn’t just physical abuse; it comes in many shapes and forms, from physical to psychological, and can include stalking, sexual, physical or social isolation, among others. We often hear stories of domestic violence in the news, but it’s sometimes hard to grasp the magnitude of how widespread it is. Here are some alarming facts and statistics:

  • 1 in 4 women have experienced severe domestic violence by an intimate partner in their lifetime, according to the CDC’s National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey report published in 2017.
  • 77% of the women in a violent relationship present to the Emergency Department for reasons other than trauma. In fact, studies showed about 20% of women present 6-10 times seeking medical help before a diagnosis of abuse finally was made.
  • Based on a study, in 2002, approximately 11% of homicide victims, 1300 people, were killed by an intimate partner. About 44% of these victims had visited the Emergency Department within 2 years of the homicide.

What Resources are Available?

It’s important to remember that victims of domestic violence aren’t alone and there are resources available for those in need. Right here in Orange, Sullivan, and Rockland Counties, there are local resources to provide you with the support and information you need to help keep you safe.

Safe Homes of Orange County

Safe Homes of Orange County is working towards the elimination of domestic violence and trafficking by providing victims the information and resources they need to get out of the situation. They have a 24 hour, 7 days a week crisis hotline (845) 562-5340 where trained advocates are available to talk, answer any questions you may have, or provide additional assistance. Visit their website for more information and find out ways you can volunteer:

Safe Homes of Orange County also has a Sullivan County program. The 24-hour crisis hotline for Sullivan County is (845) 292-5700.

Center for Safety and Change (Rockland County)

Center for Safety & Change provides services to domestic violence victims and their families both in person at one of six office locations in Rockland County and by telephone. Domestic violence victims with special circumstances may receive services at other safe locations of their choice (e.g., library, restaurant, religious institution, private home). Center for Safety & Change also maintains a presence at all six domestic violence courts in Rockland County and provides the full range of non-residential services and support to domestic violence victims. Their 24 Hour Hotline can be reached at (845) 634-3344. For more information visit

The National Domestic Violence Hotline

The National Domestic Violence Hotline is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. They provide victims with a safety plan to help them remain safe while in the relationship, as you’re getting out of the relationship, or after you leave. The website also offers information about abuse should you suspect that someone you know is a victim.  Find additional resources here:

Remember, you are not alone

Victims of domestic violence often feel alone. It’s important to remember that you are not alone and there are resources available to help you.