October is recognized as National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. According to

the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about one in four women and nearly one in 10

men suffer sexual violence, physical violence, and/or stalking by an intimate partner during their

lifetime. About 11 million women and five million men who reported such abuse said they first

experienced these forms of violence before the age of 18. Domestic violence is not limited to

physical abuse; it is any behavior used by one partner to maintain power and control over

another partner through use of physical, emotional, sexual or financial mistreatment, coercion,

intimidation or deprivation.

Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Chicago and other organizations also provide

aid to victims of domestic violence. For those in at-risk situations, support for those endangered

is available through the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 800.799.7233 (SAFE). More

information about domestic violence is available on the Archdiocese of Chicago’s website,


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