J&O Celebrates National Domestic Violence Awareness Month!

On September 14, 2009, President Barack Obama officially proclaimed October as National Domestic Violence Awareness Month designating the next 30 days as a time to remember loved ones lost, advocate for those still enduring, and educate communities as a whole to bring awareness and prevention to an issue that has historically been met with varying response by not only the victims, but society and law enforcement as well. From impoverished Indian child wives in Bangledesh, to high class European celebrity wives in Hollywood, domestic violence affects men, women, and children across the board on both an intimate and global level as well.

According to a number of counselors, and those running shelters for victims of domestic violence, it seems a weakening economy leads to more incidents of violence against domestic partners. So it is to no surprise that an increase in such cases is being reported across the nation as our countrys lingering recession continues to take its toll on households and individuals alike (especially in our already financially oppressed communities) The added stress and threat from layoffs, foreclosures and general lack of finances is enough to make anyone loose their temper, especially when the right tools and resources are not at their disposal.

Fast Facts from 2008 domestic abuse statistics

1. Women are 84% of spouse abuse victims and 86% of victims of abuse at the hands of a boyfriend or girlfriend.

2. American Indian and Alaskan Native women experience the highest rates of intimate partner violence.

3. Three-fourths of the persons who commit family violence are male.

4. Approximately one in three adolescent girls in the United States is a victim of physical, emotional, or verbal abuse from a dating partner.

5. In a single day in 2008, 16,458 children were living in a domestic violence shelter or transitional housing facility. Another 6,430 children sought services at a non-residential program.

6. Women who have experience domestic violence are 80% more likely to have a stroke, 70% more likely to have heart disease, 60% more likely to have asthma, and 70% more likely to drink more heavily than women who have not experienced intimate partner violence.

7. Modern technology such as the world wide web, have made it EXTRA easy for stalkers, estranged spouses and abusive partners to target and locate their victims.

8. On average more than 3 woman are murdered each day at the hands of their husbands or boyfriends.

9. There were 248,300 rapes/sexual assaults in the United States in 2007, up from 190,600 in 2005. That is an average of 500 rapes / sexual assaults on women per day in this country alone.

10. The United Nations Development Fund for Women estimates that at least one of every three women globally will be beaten, raped, or otherwise abused during their lifetime. In most cases, the abuser is a member of her own family.

In honor of all our mothers, sisters and daughters who have fallen victim at the hands of their abusers, are serving time for defending themselves from their abusers, or who are fighting as we speak to free themselves from the same ones who claim to love them for better or worse, J&O Fabrics offers a selection of purple fabric to make symbolic purple ribbons, purple garments, purple crafts, anything purple…. for the cause.

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4 Responses to “J&O Celebrates National Domestic Violence Awareness Month!”

  1. Tomek says:

    Nice to read such articles.

  2. Mary says:

    Sure, plenty of people think this is an important issue. Sorry to day, I’m ot one of them.

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  4. Cordeiro says:

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