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Recent research indicates that one in five families experienced domestic violence before entering shelters, with 88% pointing to the violence as the main cause of their losing a safe place to call home. DVA is organized nationally by the National Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Organization to encourage everyone to give, talk and activate to unify domestic violence and sexual assault and to make these issues a priority year-round. Many in our community have likely had flashbacks to that devastating feeling of uncertainty and fear along with our Houston neighbors.

According to last year's National Census of Domestic Violence Services, nearly 73,000 victims were served nationwide in one day.

"This is a message that needs to continue. You're not alone", Cox said. "I don't push them I just get to know them better and when they feel comfortable about talking about it they will", said Victor Orr from the Self-Help Center.

Community leaders also plan to speak to students at the University of Toledo and students at Toledo Public Schools regarding healthy relationships. It's estimated that one out of four women will experience domestic violence in her lifetime.

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"Domestic violence is a crime that has no boundaries".

Castro also volunteers at Karidat where she said she sees the effect on children who grew up in an environment of domestic violence.

"If they try and report they are being hurt, society often laughs at them they don't believe them", said Gill. Our speakers will share vital information about how to support and assist survivors with sensitivity and understanding on their personal journey's to recovery and healing. "Eleven murders directly related to domestic homicides or intimate partners".

The Superior Police Department applied for a federal grant in 2016 to help with future prosecution of abusers.

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So far this year, there has been one domestic violence-related homicide handled by Toledo police.

From Wear Purple Day to a visit by Jill Biden, former second lady of the United States, the month of programming offers various opportunities for people to reflect on domestic violence and take action in a positive way.

"It's a very serious issue we have here in Abbeville County", she said.

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