(WOIO) - Monday's news that another local family was devastated by a domestic violence related murder is a wake up call for our community. The eastside double murder -suicide comes less than four months after the tragic murders in Brooklyn and demonstrates the need for more resources, awareness and education on the issue. Current statistics about the issue are alarming.
- 1 in 4 women will experience domestic violence in her lifetime.
- On average, 3 women are killed each day by an intimate partner in America.
- The Cleveland Police Department alone receives nearly 20,000 domestic violence related calls each year.
- An estimated 15.5 million children are exposed to domestic violence each year which makes them more likely to attempt suicide, abuse drugs and alcohol, run away from home, engage in teenage prostitution, and commit sexual assault.
- The economic impact in the United States is estimated to $5.8 billion each year.
The Domestic Violence & Child Advocacy Center (DVCAC) urges public officials, media, as well as concerned citizens and corporations to engage in the agency's mission. There is a critical need to strengthen the safety net for victims, increase education about family violence, and make systemic improvements in the judicial process. Most importantly, change is needed in the way society views domestic violence. The veil of shame and secrecy needs to be lifted and replaced with a glaring spotlight on an issue that affects millions and exacts a toll far greater than monetary impact.
DVCAC provides emergency intervention as well as long term support for victims. More information can be found at the agency's website: DVCAC.org. Victims needing emergency assistance can call the 24 hour Domestic Violence Helpline: 216-391-HELP.