With abuse and sexual harassment making headlines in the news again, we would like to highlight the importance of October's Domestic Violence Awareness Month and provide general information about identifying harassment in the home or workplace.
According to The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV), Domestic violence is defined by "the willful intimidation, physical assault, battery, sexual assault, and/or other abusive behavior as part of a systematic pattern of power and control perpetrated by one intimate partner against another. It includes physical violence, sexual violence, threats, and emotional/psychological abuse." While the term "domestic" implies a shared household, abuse from an intimate partner can occur in any intimate relationship between adults or teens.
Are you concerned about your own relationship or that of a friend or family member? Learn about the warning signs and cycle of abuse here. And, go to Jane Doe, Inc. to find a wide-range of resources including statistics, where to find 24/7 confidential help, and how to advocate for social change relating to domestic violence.
People experiencing sexual harassment or assault in the workplace can feel intimidated and unsafe at their jobs.