More Than Just One Month Out of the Year

By: L.Y. Marlow

I'm always torn this time of the year. Part because I am eager to honor domestic violence awareness month; and part because I believe domestic violence awareness month should be honored every day, and not just one month out of the year. In his recent Domestic Violence Proclamation, President Obama, could not have said it better when he said: Despite tremendous progress, an average of three women in America die as a result of domestic violence each day. One in four women and one in thirteen men will experience domestic violence in their lifetime. These statistics are even more sobering when we consider that domestic violence often goes unreported... the ramifications of domestic violence are staggering. Staggering, to say the least. This month, I would like to pay tribute to and honor all victims whose lives have been lost to domestic violence. The heartbreaking stories of six women who lost their lives this year to domestic violence, reinforces just how very much we ALL need to honor domestic violence awareness month Every-Single-Day!

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