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October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Paint for Peace is an initiative by the Crisis Shelter of Lawrence County to honor victims and survivors and to increase community awareness during the month of October, which is Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

We are asking community members to Paint for Peace by creating a piece of artwork that expresses their thoughts about domestic violence which will be included in the Paint for Peace Art Exhibit held at the Villa on November 4th at 5:30p.m. Artwork can be entered in community, student or group art categories and prizes will be awarded to the top three works of art in each category. Also, local businesses are encouraged to Paint for Peace by entering in our business window display contest. A prize will be awarded to the business with the most votes.

For more information on the community art contest, business window display contest or the Paint for Peace Art Exhibit, please visit or contact Jackie Dierckx at 724-856-4320.

Domestic Violence Awareness Month evolved from the first Day of Unity observed in October, 1981 by the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence. The intent was to connect battered women’s advocates across the nation who were working to end violence against women and their children. In October 1987, the first Domestic Violence Awareness Month was observed.

Domestic violence, also commonly referred to as intimate partner violence, knows no age, economic, educational, religious or ethnic boundaries. The following statistics were released by the Bureau of Justice based on data collected from the National Crime Victimization Survey from 1993-2010:

  • From 1994 to 2010, about 4 in 5 victims of intimate partner violence were female;
  • Females ages 18 to 34 generally experienced the highest rate of intimate partner violence;
  • Females living in households comprised of one female adult with children experienced intimate partner violence at a rate more than 10 times higher than households with married adults with children and 6 times higher than households with one female only.

Domestic violence may include physical, sexual, psychological and economic abuse, threats and controlling behavior. It is important to remember that leaving an abusive relationship is neither easy nor always safe and each individual’s circumstances are different. For more information on potential warning signs or how you can help someone who is experiencing domestic violence, or services that are available to victims or domestic violence please visit or call 724-656-STOP (7867).

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