State Rep. Howard: October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Posted on October 7, 2021


The month of October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM). Domestic violence is a serious violent crime that includes both physical and emotional abuse. It is frequently hidden from public view. Many victims suffer in silence, afraid to seek help or not knowing where to turn. The traumatic effects of domestic violence also extend beyond the abused person, impacting family members and communities. Children often witness the violence or become victims themselves. Stalking is a common and very dangerous tactic used by perpetrators of domestic violence and can pose challenges for victims seeking help.

In Southeastern Connecticut we are lucky to have Safe Futures, https://safefuturesct.org/ an organization dedicated to helping those affected by domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking, and trafficking.

On Sunday, October 17th at 9:00am Safe Futures will be having their annual 4k Safe Walk honoring National Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM). This year’s Safe Walk will be held at Waterford High School, same day registration will begin at 8:15 am.

No person should ever be subjected to the fear, shame, and humiliation that an abusive relationship produces, and leaving these relationships is not easy. During this time of awareness, I hope everyone can take the time to learn how to best support a friend or family member looking to free themselves from abuse and help give a voice to those who suffer in silence.

This year, the General Assembly passed new legislation to provide assistance to victims of domestic violence, click here to read https://www.cga.ct.gov/2021/ACT/PA/PDF/2021PA-00078-R00SB-01091-PA.PDF.