Officials raise awareness, discuss impact of domestic violence

Officials raise awareness, discuss impact of domestic violence

OPELIKA, AL (WTVM) - Every nine seconds in the United States, a woman is assaulted by her partner.

One in three woman and one in four men will be impacted by domestic violence in the their lifetime.

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, an attempt to shed light on how much of a widespread issue it is.

It is also used to show people who are dealing with domestic violence that there are resources in place to help them through this tough time.

Lisa Stephens is Executive Director at the Domestic Violence Intervention Center in East Alabama.

"People need to realize it can be deadly," Stephens said when asked why this month is so important. "It is very serious, and if you are experiencing domestic violence, the most important thing to know is that there is help available, and if they give us a call we can assist them in getting away from that violent situation." 

The Domestic Violence Intervention Center served 100 women and children last year from, Lee, Macon, Chambers, Randolph and Tallapoosa counties.

They have a  24-hour hotline you can reach at 334-749-1515 as well as emergency shelters for women and children that are in need of immediate assistance.

Throughout the month they will be hosting several events. For more information, visit their website at this link

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