Survivor shares story in honor of Domestic Violence Awareness Month
COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. News Leader 9 is taking a deeper look into how to recognize the signs and how to take action.
One in four women and one in seven men experience some sort of severe physical violence by a partner in their relationship in their lifetime, according to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence.
On average, nearly 20 people per minute are physically abused by a partner in the United States. That means in one year, more than 10 million women and men are abused. Survivor Tabitha Marion says during a period in her life where she felt so weak, has now made her strong.
“Just being able to help people, support them like ‘girl you got this.’ So it makes me feel pretty good,” says Marion.
Locally, Hope Harbour provides classes, counseling, and safety resources for women in domestic violence situations or other difficult times.
October 9 is the Silence Hides Violence Walk in honor of victims and survivors of domestic violence. This is a free event.
The National Domestic Violence Hotline is 1-800-799-SAFE (7233).
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