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At The Little Market, our mission is to support dignified job opportunities for individuals in marginalized communities all over the world. By ethically sourcing and purchasing artisan-made goods, we support sustainable income opportunities to help break the cycle of poverty and create a brighter future. A core part of our mission is to raise awareness for social justice issues and share avenues in which our readers can use their voices and actions to help others.
About Domestic Violence Awareness Month
This month, we are observing Domestic Violence Awareness Month, which provides an opportunity to shed light on the issue of domestic violence and work toward ways to prevent it. Domestic Violence Awareness Month originated from the Day of Unity, first held in October 1981 and created by the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence. The Day of Unity became a week focused on three main themes: mourning those who have died due to domestic violence, celebrating and honoring survivors, and building a community of those working to put an end to domestic violence.
The first Domestic Violence Awareness Month was observed in 1987, with Congress officially passing the Public Law 101-112 two years later and each year thereafter.
Millions of people are affected by domestic violence. The Domestic Violence Awareness Project explains domestic violence as, “a pattern of abusive behaviors – including physical, sexual, and psychological attacks as well as economic coercion – used by one intimate partner against another (adult or adolescent) to gain, maintain, or regain power and control in the relationship. Batterers use of a range of tactics to frighten, terrorize, manipulate, hurt, humiliate, blame, often injure, and sometimes kill a current or former intimate partner.”
- In the United States, there are more than 10 million victims of abuse every year. An average of 20 people experience physical violence from their partner every minute, according to the NCADV.
- On average, domestic violence hotlines in the United States receive more than 20,000 calls on a daily basis, reports the NCADV.
- In 2014, the Huffington Post reported that 10 million children are affected by domestic violence on an annual basis.
- The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that about 1 in 4 women and 1 in 7 men have experienced several physical violence by an intimate partner within their lifetime.
- Women between the ages of 18 and 24 are most commonly affected by intimate partner violence, according to the NCADV.
How We Can Help
There are many ways we can help to raise awareness for domestic violence, support survivors, and find ways to end domestic violence.
- Help to educate others on domestic violence and the warning signs to recognize it.
- Listen to survivors’ stories. Support them and assist them in finding ways in which they can receive help, such as hotlines and local shelters.
- Use your voice to actively speak out against domestic violence and present ways in which we can put an end to this violence.
- Support organizations that are empowering survivors and helping to end domestic violence. At The Little Market, we work with many female artisans around the world who have survived forms of domestic violence and trafficking. They are incredibly brave, resilient, and inspiring. The artisans are now learning new skills, working in safe and supportive environments, engaging in training and counseling programs, and earning fair wages to support themselves.
Please join us in raising awareness for this issue, supporting those who have experienced any type of abuse, and working toward putting an end to harassment and abuse. Together, we can take the right steps to preventing domestic violence around the world.
National Coalition Against Domestic Violence – DVAM History
National Coalition Against Domestic Violence – About Domestic Violence
Huffington Post – Domestic Violence Statistics
National Coalition Against Domestic Violence – Domestic Violence
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – Sexual Violence, Stalking, and Intimate Partner Violence Widespread in the US