As much as we don't want to believe it, the truth is that domestic violence affects millions of women (and men) in the US -- and statistically speaking, probably at least one person you know. That's a lot of people in bad situations, and a lot of people being abused physically, sexually, emotionally, and psychologically who need our help. We know this, but sometimes with problems as massive as this one, it can be hard to know where to start.
How you, specifically, can help depends a lot on your experience with domestic violence, your relationship with survivors, your time, your resources, and your skill set. But there is something (or many somethings) you can do to help. Since October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, it's a great time to reach out and start. But still -- survivors, charities, and shelters really need our help all year around.
If you or someone you know has been the victim of domestic abuse, you can find help and support at DVIS.org, the National Domestic Abuse Hotline at 1-800-799-7233, or by contacting your local women's shelter (domesticshelters.org).
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