While the national observation of Domestic Violence Awareness month ended this weekend, the physical violence, sexual violence, stalking, and other forms of emotional abuse by a current or former intimate partner or spouse remains a serious problem for millions of Americans.
It is estimated that on average nearly 20 people are abused by an intimate partner in the United States every minute. This translates into more than 10 million instances of domestic violence each year.
According to the Centers for Disease Control, domestic violence is connected with more than half of female homicide victims. Unfortunately, the pandemic has made matters even worse. Americans are being asked to stay at home and avoid large gatherings, and in some places, in-person school instruction has been suspended in favor of remote learning from home.
While these measures are well meaning and may help slow the spread of COVID-19 in the short term, they also place many vulnerable adults and children at risk.
Domestic violence advocacy programs are located in all 23 counties in Wyoming. These programs are committed to serving victims by providing valuable resources such as crisis intervention and support services to adult victims of domestic violence and their children free of charge and at any time day or night.
Community Safety Network provides a safe place for people affected by domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking in Jackson, Wyoming. If you need help, please call 307-733-SAFE (7233)