Did you know that October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month?
Throughout the month, students and school staff members across the City will be participating in school events, trainings, and workshops, all aimed at stopping and preventing domestic violence. And on October 19, City students and school staff members will wear purple to show their support for survivors of domestic violence.
Often, when people think of “domestic violence,” they imagine it as a situation that only involves adults who live together. But this is not true at all; in fact, domestic violence can happen between anyone in a familial or intimate relationship.
When domestic violence occurs between students, City schools refer to it as “dating violence,” and unfortunately, dating violence is a reality for many of our students. According to NYC’s own 2015 Youth Risk Behavior Survey, 1 in 10 City public high school students reported being hurt by a dating partner within the previous 12 months (as of the date they took the survey). These students were also almost four times more likely than other students to have attempted suicide, over three times more likely to miss school because they felt unsafe, and three times more likely to have consumed alcohol. The survey also found that 22 percent of the City’s lesbian, gay, and bisexual students reported being physically hurt by a dating partner, compared with 10 percent of heterosexual students.
We also know that nationally:
- Girls and young women between the ages of 16 and 24 experience the highest rates of dating violence;
- 3–10 million children and adolescents are exposed to domestic violence at home each year; and
- Child abuse occurs in 30 to 60 percent of domestic violence cases that involve families with children.
Given these stats, as well as the fact that students who are exposed to intimate partner violence can act out, mimic aggressive behavior, or withdraw and harm themselves, it is vital for all of us to stand united against all forms of domestic violence.
So what can YOU do to combat domestic violence?
- Wear Purple on October 19 (and share photos on social media using #NYCGoPurple and #DVAM2017);
- Learn more about domestic violence reporting and prevention at Loveisrespect’s website;
- Register for a Teen Dating Violence 101 workshop and earn 3 CTLE credits (NYC middle and high school staff members ONLY);
- Schedule a dating violence workshop on behalf of a group or organization and have the NYC Healthy Relationship Training Academy run it for you; and
- Help a survivor (or yourself) by visiting a City Family Justice Center, which provides victims of domestic violence with comprehensive civil legal, counseling and supportive services.
Together, we can all help combat this tremendous problem. We thank everyone who is participating in this cause!