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Domestic Violence Awareness Month

“October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, which first began in 1981 by the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence as a Day of Unity to connect battered women’s advocates across the country.

Domestic violence affects millions, both women and men, of every race, religion, culture and status. It’s not just punches and black eyes — it’s yelling, humiliation, stalking, manipulation, coercion, threats and isolation. It’s stealing a paycheck, keeping tabs online, non-stop texting, constant use the silent treatment, or calling someone stupid so often they believe it.”

3.3 Million: Estimated number of children in the U.S. each year that witness violence against their mother or female caretaker by a family member.
40-60: Percentage of men who abuse women who also abuse children.
1 in 5: Number of teenage girls who said they have been in a relationship where the boyfriend threatened violence or self-harm if a breakup was to occur.
85: Percentage of domestic violence victims who are women.
175,000: Number of workdays American employees miss each year on account of domestic violence.
40-70: Percentage of female murder victims in the U.S. who were killed by their husbands or boyfriends, often within an ongoing abusive relationship”

Provided below are books that have a form of domestic abuse within them; if you are triggered by rape or physical abuse, please avoid the books marked with an asterisk (*).

What She Left Behind – Tracy Bilen*
Dreamland – Sarah Dessen
Dead To You – Lisa McMann
Can’t Get There From Here – Todd Strasser
Sweethearts – Sara Zarr
But I Love Him – Amanda Grace*
Speak – Laurie Halse Anderson*
Living Dead Girl – Elizabeth Scott*
Stolen: A Letter To My Captor – Lucy Christopher
The Rules of Survival – Nancy Werlin*
Okay For Now – Gary D. Schmidt
I Have The Right To: A High School Survivor’s Story of Sexual Assault, Justice, and Hope – Chessy Prout
The Emotionally Abusive Relationship – Beverly Engel

For more information, links below are provided as assistance in the matter. If you or someone you know may be abused, don’t be afraid to speak up and save a life.

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