October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Posted by Steven D. Eversole | Oct 06, 2014 | 0 Comments

Raising awareness of domestic violence is important to protect the rights of victims and prevent future abuse. Alabama's “First Lady” Diane Bentley hosted a candlelight vigil the first week of October to kick off Domestic Violence Awareness Month. The First Lady was supported by dozens of advocates who also held candles in front of the State Capital to recognize victims of domestic violence. Domestic violence and divorce often go hand in hand. Making the decision to divorce can spark more severe instances of domestic violence and domestic violence can also lead to divorce. Individuals who are under a threat of domestic violence should consider their legal rights and options to get out of a dangerous situation.

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The Alabama Coalition Against Domestic Violence reports that there were more than 20,000 cases of domestic violence investigated in 2013. The organization also points out that nationwide, one in three women have been or will become a victim of future domestic violence or domestic abuse. The event included presentations by individuals who suffered from domestic violence first hand. Speakers offered their own experiences in attempt to reach out and to show that domestic violence can impact women, children, and men from all walks of life. Their hope is to stop it at the neighborhood and family level to put a nationwide end to domestic violence and abuse.

For women who are involved in domestic abuse situations, getting out is not only overwhelming and intimidating, it can be dangerous. Women who decide to leave their abusive partners or husbands are often at greater risk of assault. Our Birmingham domestic abuse attorneys are dedicated to protecting the rights of women and domestic violence victims. We can provide necessary legal support while also helping you seek  the community resources you need to stay safe during the transition. According to reports, the First Lady of Alabama vowed to make domestic violence prevention a part of her agenda when her husband, Robert Bentley, was elected governor.

Domestic Violence Awareness Month evolved after the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence observed the first Day of Unity in October of 1981. The event was intended to connect victims, social workers, advocates, policymakers, and other individuals who are in the fight against domestic violence. The Day of Unity extended to one week, then a month, as it began to include local, state, and federal activities and events to raise domestic violence awareness. Some of these events include program sponsorship, educational events, and conferences. Other events are intended to pay respects to those who have lost their lives to domestic violence.

If you or someone you love is at risk of violence or is seeking to get out of a violent relationship or marriage, it is important seek out counsel, support, and advocacy. An experienced advocate can help protect your legal rights during divorce. Victims of domestic violence can also call the Alabama Coalition Against Domestic violence at 1-800-650-6522 for additional counsel and support. In the event of an emergency, victims of domestic violence should call 911.

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Steven D. Eversole

J.D., Samford University's Cumberland School of Law, Birmingham, Alabama B.A., University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, Alabama

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