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Month calls attention to domestic violence awareness

| October 23, 2021 1:00 AM

Domestic Violence Awareness Month was launched nationwide in October 1987 as a way to unite and connect individuals and organizations working against domestic violence issues all while raising awareness for those issues.

Over the past 34 years, much progress has been made to support domestic violence victims and survivors, to hold abusers accountable, and to create and update legislation to further those goals, said the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence.

According to the NCADV more than 10 million adults in the U.S experience domestic violence annually. Domestic violence includes physical violence, sexual violence, threats, economic, and emotional/psychological abuse, according to NCADV officials.

If you are, or know someone who is experiencing domestic violence contact:

• National Domestic Violence Free and Confidential Line at 800-799-7233 (SAFE)

• The LillyBrooke Family Justice Center, 227 S. First Ave., Sandpoint. Call (208) 265-3586 or email: LillyBrooke@bonnercountyid.gov

LillyBrooke Family Justice Center empowers family violence victims to live free from violence and abuse through their provided comprehensive services which are centered on and around the victim.

They provide free services for victims of child abuse, sexual assault, human trafficking, elder abuse and domestic violence through an extensive collaboration with law enforcement, legal services, and partner social service agencies. All services are located at one secure and comfortable location.