Each year, in October, advocates, survivors and supporters recognize October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

This October, the District Attorney’s Office Victim Services Unit is partnering with the National Network to End Domestic Violence and other state and territorial coalitions across the nation to start a coordinated national conversation about domestic violence and how we can all contribute to changing the narrative on this overshadowed, but fundamental topic.

More prevalent than most realize, one in four women and one in seven men will experience domestic violence in their lifetimes. Anyone, regardless of gender, race, sexual identity or orientation, or socio-economic status, can become a victim of domestic violence. This year’s campaign theme, #Every1KnowsSome1, strives to highlight how common domestic violence is and that it is more than physical violence.

Throughout October, the Stanislaus County District Attorney’s Office and NNEDV will be sharing content on their social media channels to help raise awareness and educate the public on the complex dynamics of domestic violence. A call to action is planned throughout the month of October designed to engage advocates, partners, and the public in starting a national conversation. On October 28th everyone in Stanislaus County is encouraged to wear purple in support of victims and survivors and our commitment to end the violence.

Free and confidential help is available 24/7 for individuals experiencing domestic violence. Those seeking help may contact the National Domestic Violence Hotline at thehotline.org or 1-800-799-SAFE (7233) or Haven Women’s Center of Modesto 24-Hour Crisis Line at (209) 577-5980.

If you are a victim of domestic violence and would like more information about available services, call the Victim Services Unit at (209) 525-5541.