October 1, 2019
For Immediate Release
Domestic Violence Awareness Begins Today and Victims Need Your Voices
Kansas City, Mo, October 1, 2019 – Today welcomed October as National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. One in four women and one in seven men will be the victim of domestic violence at some point in their lifetime, and, on average, three women are killed every day at the hands of a current or former intimate partner.
“We have to continue to raise our voices and advocate for victims and survivors. Consider this about those being killed at the hands of their abuser,” explains Scott Mason, Director of Marketing at Rose Brooks Center. “Because domestic violence homicides are predictable based on the behavior of an abuser, they are preventable.”
Domestic violence impacts millions of people each year, but it can be prevented. It requires the collective voice and power of individuals, families, businesses, and systems – each whose voice adds a valued and powerful component to prevention, awareness, and reminding victims, “you are not alone.”
Rose Brooks Center served 14,172 victims of abuse and violence last year alone. This included 9,986 individuals calling their crisis hotline, 2,397 victims receiving support from court advocates, and more throughout the community and in emergency shelter.
During October, communities across the country will not only mourn for those whose lives were taken by domestic violence, but celebrate the tremendous progress victim advocates and services have made over the years. We invite you to stand with Rose Brooks, with a true sense of unity to end domestic violence. Because it matters.
About Rose Brooks Center
Rose Brooks Center offers domestic violence services and programming in the Kansas City Metro area and beyond. While hundreds of individuals and pets find safety in emergency shelter, thousands more are served outside of shelter through groundbreaking community programs. Rose Brooks Center has been providing services to individuals and families since 1978. www.rosebrooks.org.
Week of Action:
As part of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, there will be a designated national week of action and we want you to join us with #7days7ways! To learn more visit, rosebrooks.org/weekofaction : It all starts Sunday, October 20.
Make your own statement today by sharing your support or resources on social media, and why you stand with Rose Brooks or others. Feel free to use the image on this page or look for more on our Week of Action page.
Director of Donor Stewardship and Marketing