October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. I would like to share with you a little about domestic violence and where you can help or get help. You are in one or the other of these positions. Domestic violence affects everybody in any race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation and socioeconomic class. You may not know you are being groomed to slowly accept what will eventually result in full blown domestic violence. Do you think these could possibly be signs of domestic violence: When you see a boyfriend starting to dislike your friends, maybe even suggesting you should not hang around them, monitoring your access to the Internet, checking your phone, threatening your pet, using your name for credit and not caring how it affects your credit, refusing to work or contribute financially. These are just a small sample of a very long list of the patterns and manipulations used by abusers.
Education is important. If you can see the train coming and know what will happen when it gets to you, then you will step off the track. Domestic violence is the same circumstance. Let us educate ourselves so that we will be better able to educate our children, relatives and anybody. There is mistakenly a lot of shame that comes with domestic violence. It is one of many reasons that victims do not ask for help. I hope that we can be there and helpful if the time ever comes to need this information. You can go to http://www.dvnconnect.org to obtain information about domestic violence. You can also obtain materials such as posters or brochures and even business cards containing numbers to call and action steps to help yourself. You can call 211 twenty-four hours a day for domestic violence help. You can make a difference.