FORT WAYNE, Indiana (WANE) – October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month and a local Fort Wayne organization wants to help bring down Indiana’s rate of abuse.
Domestic violence is intentional intimidation, physical assault, sexual assault, and/or other abusive behavior as part of a pattern of power and control used by one intimate partner against another. This can include physical violence, verbal violence, emotional violence, and more.
According to the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, 42.5% of Indiana women and 27.9% of Indiana men will experience physical violence, sexual violence, and/or intimate partner stalking in their lifetime.
Based on these numbers, the Mayor’s Commission on Domestic Violence, Sexual Harassment and Rape will host a silent witness display on the courthouse lawn.
Silhouettes of women, men and babies will be seen around the court lawn. Each silhouette has a domestic violence statistic.
As the statistics above show, it’s not just women who are abused, men are too.
Fort Wayne Police Department Victim Support Director Jessica Crozier had this to say on the subject.
“A lot of times I think it’s society’s view that men are the head of the family, they’re really strong, there’s no way they can be abused. But there are male victims. As a society, I just don’t think we make it easy for men to come forward.”
The Silent Witness Display will be held Monday from 7:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. on the courthouse lawn. There will also be another event that will take place at the end of the month, which is the Rise Up Against Domestic Violence event.
For more information on how to find resources for yourself or a loved one, visit their website.
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