FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Friday, September 30, 2016
Letter to the Editor: October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month
The month of October brings many traditions to Rhode Island: hay rides, pumpkin carving, and apple picking, among others. It also marks National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, honoring the 1 in 8 women who will develop the illness in their lifetime.
Many do not realize that October is also the national awareness month for a less frequently discussed, but equally important, public health issue: domestic violence.
1 in 4 Rhode Islanders will experience domestic violence in their lifetimes. In fact, 1 in 10 Rhode Island high schoolers report that they have already experienced physical dating violence. Because RI communities are so close-knit, we have all witnessed the suffering caused by domestic violence, or know someone who has.
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