Domestic Violence Awareness Month

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Domestic violence is an unfortunate reality that occurs within every class, age group, race, and religion. It happens in families, friendships, and intimate relationships. Intimate partner violence happens within same and different sex partnerships; it happens whether people are married, living together, or dating. Approximately one in four women has been a victim of domestic violence. October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month - a time established to draw attention to this unspeakable crime and continue efforts to raise awareness and stop the violence.

Domestic Violence Awareness Month evolved from the first Day of Unity observed in October, 1981 by the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence. The intent was to connect battered women's advocates across the nation who were working to end violence against women and their children. The Day of Unity soon became a special week when a range of activities were conducted at the local, state, and national levels. In October 1987, the first Domestic Violence Awareness Month was observed. That same year the first national toll-free hotline was begun. In 1989 the first Domestic Violence Awareness Month Commemorative Legislation was passed by the U.S. Congress. Such legislation has passed every year since.​

​Cal OES ​Domestic Violence Programs

The mission of the Domestic Violence Section is to work with units of government and local nonprofits to prevent, reduce and eradicate incidents of domestic violence.  There are approximately 9 programs administered through this section, including the establishment and facilitation of the Domestic Violence Advisory Council.



Comprehensive Shelter-Based Domestic Violence Services Program Shelter-Based Domestic Violence Services Program.pdfComprehensive Shelter-Based Domestic Violence Services ProgramThis program provides funding to domestic violence shelters to increase access to services for unserved/underserved populations among many other services.Domestic Violence Section Programs7/9/2018 6:18:04 PM
Domestic Violence Response Team Violence Response Team.pdfDomestic Violence Response Team The Intent of the DVRT program is to minimize the trauma experienced by victims of domestic violence. Domestic Violence Section Programs7/9/2018 6:18:18 PM
Equality in Prevention & Services for Domestic Abuse Program in Prevention and Services for Domestic Abuse Program.pdfEquality in Prevention & Services for Domestic Abuse ProgramIt's purpose is to provide local assistance to existing service providers to maintain and/or expand services to GLBT victims of domestic violence and their children.Domestic Violence Section Programs7/9/2018 6:18:34 PM
Family Violence Prevention Program Violence Prevention Program.pdfFamily Violence Prevention Program Designed to provide family violence prevention education and to increase general awareness of family violence prevention programs.Domestic Violence Section Programs7/9/2018 6:18:47 PM
Law Enforcement Specialized Unit Program Enforcement Specialized Unit Program.pdfLaw Enforcement Specialized Unit ProgramAssist law enforcement agencies in the state to enhance or create specialized units to focus on the handling of violent crimes against adult women, including sexual assault, domestic violence, and stalking.Domestic Violence Section Programs7/9/2018 6:19:00 PM
Law Enforcement Training Program Enforcement Training Program.pdfLaw Enforcement Training ProgramThe Law Enforcement Training Program was initiated in 1997 funded with federal Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) S*T*O*P Formula Block Grant Program funds. Domestic Violence Section Programs7/9/2018 6:19:14 PM
State Coalition Technical Assistance and Training Program Coalition Technical Assistance and Training Program.pdfState Coalition Technical Assistance and Training Program Program administered by the California Partnership to End Domestic Violence (CPEDV), which is the domestic violence coalition for the State of California. Domestic Violence Section Programs7/9/2018 6:19:32 PM
Statewide Domestic Violence Assistance Program Domestic Violence Assistance Program.pdfStatewide Domestic Violence Assistance Program Provides local assistance to existing domestic violence (DV) service providers throughout the state.Domestic Violence Section Programs7/9/2018 6:20:01 PM
Violence Against Women Vertical Prosecution Program Against Women Vertical Prosecution Program.pdf Violence Against Women Vertical Prosecution ProgramCal OES initiated this program in 2002 funded with federal Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) S*T*O*P Formula Block Grant Program funds. Domestic Violence Section Programs7/9/2018 6:20:19 PM

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​Domestic Violence Facts and Figures

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  • ​On average, nearly 20 people per minute are physically abused by an intimate partner in the United States. During one year, this equates to more than 10 million women and men.

  • 1 in 3 women and 1 in 4 men have been victims of [some form of] physical violence by an intimate partner within their lifetime.

  • 1 in 5 women and 1 in 7 men have been victims of severe physical violence by an intimate partner in their lifetime.

  • 1 in 7 women and 1 in 18 men have been stalked by an intimate partner during their lifetime to the point in which they felt very fearful or believed that they or someone close to them would be harmed or killed.

  • On a typical day, there are more than 20,000 phone calls placed to domestic violence hotlines nationwide.

  • In domestic violence homicides, women are six times more likely to be killed when there is a gun in the house.

  • Intimate partner violence accounts for 15% of all violent crime.

  • Women between the ages of 18-24 are most commonly abused by an intimate partner.

Open the National Fact Sheet (PDF).


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