Why is LB Branch NAACP Bringing Awareness to Domestic Violence?

October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. During this time, we acknowledge domestic violence survivors and give a voice for its victims. Domestic violence is prevalent in every community, and affects all people regardless of age, socio-economic status, sexual orientation, gender, race, religion, or nationality. Physical violence is often accompanied by emotionally abusive and controlling behavior as part of a much larger, systematic pattern of dominance and control. Domestic violence can result in physical injury, psychological trauma, and even death. Domestic violence has devastating consequences that can cross generations and last a lifetime.

Domestic Violence has become a pandemic within the COVID-19 Pandemic. The COVID 19 pandemic created an ideal environment for increased domestic violence. Extra stress in the COVID-19 pandemic caused by income loss, and lack of ability to pay for housing and food has increased the often silent epidemic of intimate partner violence.

By increasing public awareness of resources available to the broader community, community members, trusted friends, neighbors, and family members may be better able to connect those affected by domestic violence with resources, such as shelters, treatment intervention programs and therapeutic professionals such as social workers, therapists and others.

Click to view a list of domestic violence resources in Long Beach.