October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month
October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, dedicated to bringing awareness to a health care problem of epidemic proportions. On a typical day, domestic violence hotlines nationwide receive approximately 20,800 calls. Locally in Montgomery County, there were 13,349 domestic violence related police dispatches in 2011 and 1,449 domestic violence court cases filed in 2014.
Domestic violence leads to many chronic health problems beyond the trauma caused by abuse. Among these health problems are depression, alcohol and substance abuse, and sexually transmitted diseases such as HIV/AIDS. It often limits the ability of women to manage other chronic illnesses such as diabetes and hypertension.
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