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October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Domestic Violence Awareness Month is wrapping up. All month, Delaware’s Division of Public Health has highlighted domestic violence issues - and the long-term health impacts they can have on victims.";

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month.


Nearly one in four women, and one in nine men, will experience domestic violence in their lifetime, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

In Delaware, the CDC number translates to 136,000 women and approximately 108,000 men who have been impacted by domestic violence.


The Division of Public Health is highlighting Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and specifically the long-term health impacts of this important social issue.


“Domestic violence is a terrifying experience for many women and men, as well as any children who may be exposed,” said DPH Director Dr. Karyl Rattay in a statement. “It’s important that we bring awareness to this and give victims all the support and resources we can to help them overcome, recover and feel safe enough to move forward and live healthy, fulfilling lives.”


Those who have suffered physical and mental trauma, including the trauma of witnessing incidents of domestic violence, are at greater risk for many long-term negative health outcomes, including depression, heart disease and hypertension, alcohol and substance abuse, sexually transmitted diseases like HIV/AIDS, unintended pregnancies, diabetes, asthma, and obesity.


If you are a victim of domestic violence and are looking for help, call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-7233.


More information on domestic violence and resources for help are available from the DPH Office of Women’s Health at


Kelli Steele has over 30 years of experience covering news in Delaware, Baltimore, Winchester, Virginia, Phoenix, Arizona and San Diego, California.