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National Coalition Against Domestic Violence Fact Sheet

Approximately one-fourth of women in the Districe are likely to experience domestic violence. In 2008, the District police department received 30,676 domestic related calls; one every 17 minutes

- Kenneth E. Noyes and Rebecca W. O’Conner, Washington, DC Coalition Against Domestic Violence

NATIONAL DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AWARENESS MONTH, 2009

BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

A PROCLAMATION

Domestic violence touches the lives of Americans of all ages, leaving a devastating impact on women, men, and children of every background and circumstance. A family's home becomes a place of fear, hopelessness, and desperation when a woman is battered by her partner, a child witnesses the abuse of a loved one, or a senior is victimized by family members. Since the 1994 passage of the landmark Violence Against Women Act, championed by then Senator Joe Biden, our Nation has strengthened its response to this crime and increased services for victims. Still, far too many women and families in this country and around the world are affected by domestic violence. During National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, we recommit ourselves to ending violence within our homes, our communities, and our country.

Read the full proclamation by President Obama here.

Domestic Violence Outlook

www.marykayfoundation.org
According to the second "Mary Kay Truth About Abuse" national survey conducted in March 2010, domestic violence shelters indicate the economic downturn has increased demand for services. Shelters also report, the ability to raise funds and provide services will be hampered into 2011. Due to the economy, the survey also revealed: