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October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month

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October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, a time to raise awareness and celebrate the work that's been done to help victims across the country.

Domestic violence is a pattern of abusive behavior used by one partner to gain or maintain power and control over another. 

Every year an estimated 1.3 million women are victims of physical assault by an intimate partner.

Domestic violence can be emotional abuse, financial abuse, and sexual abuse, as well, as physical abuse, intimidation and stalking.

Those who work to end domestic violence in the panhandle say it hurts more than just individual people and families.

"It affects our businesses.  It affects our schools.  It affects out health communities.  Probably more than most people realize," says Director of DOVES, Hilary Wasserburger.  "So it's great to take an opportunity out from the rest of the year to really signify why it's important."

The DOVES Program provides services for victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking.  If you or someone you know is in danger of or is suffering from domestic violence, call the 24–hour DOVES hotline at (866) 95- DOVES (36837) or visit the DOVES website at www.thedovesprogram.com.

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