October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month
Catholic Charities Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault Program in Council Bluffs has displays, activities, and events throughout the month.
(Council Bluffs, IA) In honor of Domestic Violence Awareness Month in October, the Catholic Charities Domestic Abuse Team has created a month full of activities and information to promote awareness about domestic abuse. Events include a display at the Audubon Court House, drive-through baby shower, lunch and learn, and survivor panel.
The team also composed four articles discussing some common themes and dynamics surrounding abuse. It is our hope that news agencies and others will consider utilizing one story each week in October to help spread awareness, reduce stigma, and encourage conversation around this important topic. We appreciate the community’s partnership in addressing domestic violence and in providing vital information to those within your area.
Domestic violence is a pervasive public health issue affecting not only the nation as a whole, but Iowa on a local level. Over 1/3 of Iowa women will experience some type of domestic or sexual violence in their lifetime; what’s more, on only one day in 2019, Iowa domestic violence programs served 1,237 survivors. The current Covid-19 pandemic exacerbated the problem by isolating many survivors and making services and information more difficult to access.
The Catholic Charities Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Program’s purpose is to create a world free of violence in which each individual is respected and valued, and we do this by providing free and confidential services to survivors in nine counties in southwest Iowa.