October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Domestic violence is a pattern of behavior in which one person in a relationship attempts to exert control over another.

It can take many forms, including physical, sexual, emotional or economic abuse. Abuse can include threatening, putting someone down, or making them afraid, even if there is no physical violence. Abuse often worsens over time. Learn more about domestic violence at the OCADSV website.

In 2018, there were 128,786 calls for help by victims of domestic violence, and 42.2% of those in shelter were children and teenagers.

For referrals to local programs, call the Safety Crisis line 1-888-235-5333, or the National Domestic Violence Hotline 1-800-799-SAFE (7233).

Remember, in an emergency situation, always dial 911.