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Domestic violence can occur within any family or neighborhood. It does not discriminate, the victim could be male or female. It occurs within any race, ethnicity, educational, social or economic status. Domestic violence can take many forms. It may be between a parent and child, between siblings or against an elderly member of the family. It is most often referred to, as violence between spouses or live-in intimate partners. Domestic violence thrives when we are silent, but together we can take a stand and work together to end it. OCTOBER is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Throughout the month, help raise awareness about domestic violence and join in efforts to end violence. Here are some of the things you can do: * Wear Purple - The color of the National D/V Awareness Month * Speak out - Talk with a friend, family member or colleague about domestic violence * Donate or volunteer at a local Domestic Abuse Shelter: www.hopefamilyservice.org * Join the National Week of Action October 15th - 21st: www.nnedv.org/week-of-action-2017.html For more information on how you can make a difference, contact the Hope Family Services (941) 747-8499. To report domestic violence, dial 911 or report to the 24-hour help line (941) 755-6805.
If you are in danger call 911.
Or reach the National Domestic Violence Hotline
at 1-800-799-7233 or TTY 1-800-787-3224.