In September: Domestic Violence & Children’s Shelters Awareness Month
As we approach the end of August, we want to remind you again of our September charitable initiative of Domestic Violence & Children’s Shelters Awareness Month. Statistics show that the number of American troops killed in the Afghanistan and Iraq conflicts between 2001 and 2012 was 6,488. Sadly, the number of women killed by their current or ex-partners during that same time was 11,766. 85 percent of domestic abuse victims are women, while 15 percent of victims are men. It’s estimated that 40 million adult Americans grew up living with domestic violence.
Children who grow up in such an environment are more likely to experience significant psychological problems, and are said to suffer from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, with effects on their brain that are similar to those of combat Veterans. They can suffer from learning difficulties, problems with attention and memory and suffer from premature aging ranging from an acceleration of seven to 10 years. Children who grow up in violent homes are physically abused or neglected at a rate of 1,500 percent higher than the national average, and 10 million children are exposed to domestic violence every year.
There are more than 1,500 shelters across the United States that help victims of domestic violence with a safe place to regroup so that they can get support to get a new home, find a new job and build a new life. Unfortunately, budget cuts have forced many shelters to cut back on their services to victims – and it’s estimated that thousands of victims won’t get service each year that cuts continue to affect these shelters. But if we get involved and lend our support, we can help these organizations better serve people in need. If you volunteer for such an organization, or have suggestions on how we can lend a hand, contact us here at CCF. Together, we can create change!