October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV), domestic violence isn’t just someone hitting someone else. “Domestic violence is the willful intimidation, physical assault, battery, sexual assault and/or other abusive behavior as part of a systemic pattern of power and control perpetrated by one intimate partner against another.

It includes physical violence, sexual violence, threats and emotional/psychological abuse.”
Every minute, in the U.S., at least 20 people experience some form of physical violence from their partner. “One in four women and one in four men,” have experienced a form of domestic violence, or are experiencing it. Why does it matter? “Domestic violence is prevalent in every community and affects all people regardless of age, socio-economic status, sexual orientation, gender, race, religion or nationality.
Physical violence is often accompanied by emotionally abusive and controlling behavior as part of a much larger, systemic pattern of dominance and control. Domestic violence can result in physical injury, psychological trauma and even death. The devastating consequences of domestic violence can cross generations and last a lifetime.”
Crisis Services of North Alabama with NCADV will have several events for October. The Scottsboro Public Library, Dutton Library, Stevenson Library and Bridgeport Library will have “Change the Record” art displays set up all month. These displays are meant to portray the impact of emotional abuse. Please feel free to go visit them and upload pictures on social media using #changetherecordDVAM2019.
On October 10th, the Jackson County Coalition Against Domestic Violence will have their meeting at Western Sizzlin’ at 12 p.m., and on the 15th, a Candlelight Vigil will be held at the Jackson County courthouse gazebo at 6 p.m. with speaker, Vickie Gossett-Welch and singing by Nat Cisco.
A P.A.W.S. Awareness and Adoption event will be held at the Jackson County courthouse gazebo on the 26th from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. with Shelby SafePet speaking and the Jackson County Animal Shelter presenting animals up for adoption. There will also be a drawing during the event for several giveaways.
You can visit the NACDV website at www.ncadv.org for resources, and if you are in crisis, you can call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-SAFE(7233), or go to www.TheHotline.org. You can also visit www.DomesticShelters.org. Crisis Services of North Alabama also has a helpline at 256-706-1000 or 1-800-691-8426.

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