SAMHSA Reinforces Commitment during Domestic Violence Awareness Month

October 17, 2023

"This year, we are joining the Administration for Children and Families (ACF), Office of Family Violence Prevention and Services (OFVPS) and the National Domestic Violence Hotline in promoting the hashtag #1Thing, which encourages everyone to do just one thing to raise awareness about domestic violence. That one thing could be sharing awareness messages on social media, bringing training about domestic violence into our workplaces, or reaching out to a friend or family member who may be experiencing violence and abuse," wrote Karen Gentile, LCSW-C, JD, Center for Mental Health Services, in a blog that was posted today.

Gentile also discusses gender-based violence (GBV) and the White House Gender Policy Council's National Plan to end GBV. "About 41 percent of women and 26 percent of men reported having experienced, at some point in their lifetimes, contact sexual violence, physical violence, and/or stalking by an intimate partner that resulted in an intimate partner violence-related impact (including, for example, injury or concern for safety, need for housing or legal services, or help from law enforcement). Some populations, including American Indians/Alaska Natives and other people of color and lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and intersex (LGBTQI+) people, are especially affected by domestic violence for a variety of reasons, including bias and discrimination and less access to effective services," Gentile stated.

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