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CASA Recognizes Domestic Violence Awareness Month

It’s October, leafs are changing, the nights are cooling and football season is in full-swing. It’s easy to associate October with kicking off the fall season, but October is also notable for being Domestic Violence Awareness Month.  Throughout the month of October, organizations across the country join together in bringing awareness to the issue of domestic violence.

Initially, the purpose of having October dedicated to bringing domestic violence to the forefront was to connect advocates from coast-to-coast, who were working to end abuse against women and children.  Today, we know that domestic violence is not limited to women and children, but to husbands and other family members as well. It has been reported that 1 in 4 men have been physically abused by an intimate partner. Additionally, 1 in 11 teenagers report being a victim of dating violence. The face of “domestic violence” has evolved from a mom and her children, to an array of family members, regardless of gender and age.

At Child Advocates San Antonio (CASA), we are fortunate to work with these anti-violence advocates on a daily basis. Our strong volunteers, their supporters and our devoted staff understand the importance of putting domestic violence in the spotlight, especially in a city with such a high number of related cases.

Many of the children and youth that we serve in Bexar County have been exposed to some type of domestic violence. It is an unfortunate side of what we see at CASA, but we know that every case counts. We know that every child, or youth, that is appointed a CASA Advocate is half as likely to re-enter a traumatizing home environment, which often includes domestic abuse. It only takes one person to make a difference, and we are humbled to be surrounded by many of them.

If you know someone who is experiencing domestic abuse, please urge them to speak out.
In San Antonio, Family Violence Prevention Services, Inc. (FVPS), offers a 24/7, 365 crisis hotline among other services for those experiencing domestic violence.

FVPS crisis hotline: (210) 733-8810

CASA Recognizes Domestic Violence Awareness Month