October was first declared as National Domestic Violence Awareness Month in 1989. Since then, October has been a time to acknowledge domestic violence survivors and be a voice for its victims.

On average, nearly 20 people per minute are physically abused by an intimate partner in the United States. During one year, this equates to more than 10 million women and men.

American Indian and Alaska Native women experience assault and domestic violence at much higher rates than women of any other ethnicity.

Over 84 percent of Native women experience violence during their lifetimes.

1 in 4 women and 1 in 7 men have been victims of severe physical violence (e.g. beating, burning, strangling) by an intimate partner in their lifetime.

On a typical day, there are more than 20,000 phone calls placed to domestic violence hotlines nationwide.

Women between the ages of 18-24 are most commonly abused by an intimate partner.

1 in 15 children are exposed to intimate partner violence each year, and 90 percent of these children are eyewitnesses to this violence.

Between 21-60 percent of victims of intimate partner violence lose their jobs due to reasons stemming from the abuse.

Why Do Victims Stay?

The fear that the abuser’s actions will become more violent and may become lethal if the victim attempts to leave.

Lack of means to support themselves and/or their children financially or lack of access to cash, bank accounts, or assets

Lack of having somewhere to go (e.g. no friends or family to help, no money for hotel, shelter programs are full or limited by length of stay)

The victim feeling that the relationship is a mix of good times, love and hope along with the manipulation, intimidation, and fear.

For more information, please call CS&KT Victim Assistance Program at 406-675-2700 ext. 1194.

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