October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Helpmate is a local nonprofit who provides a variety of resources for survivors of domestic abuse within our local community. Each October, Asheville Community Yoga partners with Helpmate by collecting items from their wish list. Please consider donating items from the Helpmate Shelter Wish List linked below in order to support people in our community who have been personally affected by domestic abuse.
“We believe that we are all to be valued, and have the right to speak our truths, be heard, be honored, and achieve our full potential. We all have the right to live in safety, without violence or fear.”
Below are a few statistics regarding domestic violence according to Helpmate’s website:
- Nearly half of all women and men in the United States have experienced psychological aggression by an intimate partner in their lifetime.
- 1 in 7 men have experienced severe physical violence by an intimate partner in their lifetime
- Recent global prevalence figures indicate that about 1 in 3 (35%) of women worldwide have experienced either physical and/or sexual intimate partner violence or non-partner sexual violence in their lifetime.
- In the United States, domestic violence crimes account for up to 40 percent of all calls to police.
- Only about 55% of domestic violence incidents are reported to the police.
- 1 in 15 children are exposed to intimate partner violence each year, and 90% of these children are eyewitnesses to this violence.
- The presence of a gun in a domestic violence situation increases the risk of homicide by 500%
“We recognize that violence is created in and sustained by our society, and that the elimination of violence begins with societal and global change. We believe that it is the obligation of our local and global community to eradicate violence by challenging a culture that values power and control.”