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October marks Domestic Violence Awareness month
October is a busy month and it is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Abigail Fellows from the SASA Crisis Center in Hastings spoke with News 5 on the topic.
Amy: For those people who maybe don't know, what classifies as domestic violence?
Abigail: Domestic violence is also known as intimate partner violence. So it's any violence between spouses, boyfriend/girlfriend, if they're engaged. It can even be parents against their children or children against their parents. Anyone that you live with or have a close relationship with could be domestic violence or intimate partner violence.
Amy: Does this include language? Does this include just physical aspects?
Abigail: Domestic violence can be physical abuse - that's what most people think of - but it can also be emotional abuse, verbal abuse, financial abuse. All of those aspects go into it. And we really encourage people to evaluate their relationships because maybe there is no physical violence, no hitting, slapping or anything like that, but there could still be verbal, mental and emotional abuse that would qualify as domestic violence.
Amy: The SASA Crisis Center is working on a few things to bring more awareness to domestic abuse.
Abigail: Yes, we're asking everyone and business, whether they are a teacher or they work in the community or they stay home, whatever they do, to wear purple ribbons on October 24th. It's just to raise awareness for victims and support the SASA Crisis Center. One in four women will be a victim of domestic violence at some point in their life. So chances are most of us in the community will know somebody that's affected by it. So they can wear the ribbons to support them and support a good cause.
Amy: It's a very alarming statistic to think that one in four women. Alright, you can get more information from the SASA Crisis Center here in Hastings.
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