October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. The goal of this month is to increase public awareness about the realities of domestic violence and to encourage all individuals to take action by being a part of the solution by preventing violence before it occurs.
Men historically have not been engaged in preventing violence against women and children. Yet, men can play a key role in setting social norms for other men-whether by permitting and perpetrating inappropriate male behavior or, conversely, by promoting more positive attitudes and behavior related to violence against women.
Domestic violence is a serious problem for women, men and children. Nearly one-third of American women report being physically or sexually abused by a husband or boyfriend at some point. The National Domestic Violence Hotline received 334,917 calls from individuals impacted by domestic violence from around the country in 2015. These are only the individuals who have the courage and strength to come forward for help. There are thousands more who don’t come forward out of fear.
This month I encourage all individuals to support the survivors of domestic violence, and I challenge them to be a part of the preventive solution. I believe that men, as fathers, brothers, coaches, teachers, uncles and mentors, are in a unique position to prevent domestic violence through action and conversation.
I invite men of all ages to stand with me as we remember the 158 women who were killed in Texas by domestic violence by wearing purple on October 20, 2016. Together we can prevent domestic violence.