Domestic Violence Awareness

Domestic violence is the willful intimidation, physical assault, battery, sexual assault, and/or other abusive behavior as part of a systematic pattern of power and control perpetrated by one intimate partner against another. It includes physical violence, sexual violence, threats, and emotional/psychological abuse. The frequency and severity of domestic violence varies dramatically. (NCADV, 2017).Domestic violence is the willful intimidation, physical assault, battery, sexual assault, and/or other abusive behavior as part of a systematic pattern of power and control perpetrated by one intimate partner against another. It includes physical violence, sexual violence, threats, and emotional/psychological abuse. The frequency and severity of domestic violence varies dramatically. (NCADV, 2017).

According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (2017), National statistics show that
• On average, nearly 20 people per minute are physically abused by an intimate partner in the United States. During one year, this equates to more than 10 million women and men.
• 1 in 3 women and 1 in 4 men have been victims of [some form of] physical violence by an intimate partner within their lifetime.
• 1 in 4 women and 1 in 7 men have been victims of severe physical violence by an intimate partner in their lifetime.
• 1 in 15 children are exposed to intimate partner violence each year, and 90% of these children are eyewitnesses to this violence.

Therefore, the Partnerships for Families Program at Para Los Niños is dedicated in helping victims of Domestic Violence regain their voice, personal power and self-esteem.   This is done through providing them with psycho-education on the cycle of violence, the types of abuse, red flags, and the developmental impact it has in their children. Using the protective factors as guide, staff members create a safety plan that will help women find social connections, resiliency, and knowledge of parenting and child development, concrete support in times of need, social and emotional competence and parent-child relationships.

At Para Los Niños, we believe that if we provide families with a safe environment, families learn to trust in themselves and in their community. For that reason, the Partnerships for Families Program, for the past 4 years has participated in a silent March for Nonviolence in efforts to bring awareness on Domestic Violence.  This year (2017), 36 participants of our women’s support group along with their children and community members partook in such empowering opportunity that supports and promotes safe and healthy relationships. Staff members from other programs such as Domestic Violence Supportive Services and Family Preservation demonstrated their shared mission by participating in the silent march.  Here at Para Los Niños, we join forces to meet the needs of the families we serve. Hence, community members have learned that the “Loma site” is place of trustworthiness, empathy and continuous support.

Although October is Domestic Violence awareness month, at Para Los Niños we make sure we help victims find their voice all year long.

Help us bring awareness by reporting Domestic Violence anytime you witness it by calling 911. National Hotline Number is 1-800-799-7233.