October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Since 1981, October has been National Domestic Violence Awareness Month.  The observance serves to educate communities, individuals, couples and families about Family Advocacy Program services and other community resources that can help prevent, raise awareness of, and inform the community of the many ways to report domestic abuse.

Have you seen our Standing Witness Exhibit around the installation?  If you’d like to learn more about Domestic Violence victims, click here to visit our DVAM page.

Look for our Information Tables in Cafe 20 & 21 this month!


Domestic Violence Statistics

Ohio Domestic Violence Fatalities July 1, 2015 – June 30, 2016 as reported by the Ohio Domestic Violence Network ( www.odvn.org, 800-934-9840):

  • 101 fatalities in 69 cases
  • 25% of (11) cases involved children at the scene
  • 74% of fatal incidents involved guns
  • 2 Law Enforcement Officers were kill by perpetrators
  • Ages of victim were from 4 days to 17 years
  • 2 cases involved same sex relationships
  • 26 cases involved multiple fatalities

Military Associated Domestic Violence Fatalities as reported to Family Advocacy Program across all services:

  • 18 child abuse-related fatalities
  • All of the child victims were under 5-years old
  • One half of the child victims were 1-year old or younger
  • 8 spouse abuse fatalities and one intimate partner abuse fatality were reported to FAP

Resources available to assist families and reduce stress in the Columbus area:

  • DSCC Installation Family Advocacy Program:  (614) 692-7217
  • Help Me Grow, Ohio Department of Health: Help Me Grow is a voluntary family support program for pregnant women or new parents. Offered in every county of the state through a well-established network, Help Me Grow is an evidence-based program that promotes healthy growth and development for babies and young children. Our home visitors are well-trained professionals who use a non-judgmental and compassionate approach that empowers parents with skills, tools and confidence to nurture the healthy growth of their children.  (1-800-755-GROW (4769), http://www.helpmegrow.ohio.gov/aboutus/HMG%20Program%20Staff.aspx)

Crisis Resources: