Supervisor Hilda L. Solis issued the following statement after the Board of Supervisors unanimously passed her motion declaring the month of October “Domestic Violence Awareness Month”:
“During Domestic Violence Awareness Month, we must recommit ourselves to helping individuals whose lives have been affected by domestic violence. While we recognize we have made some strides in recent months in empowering women who have suffered in silence for too long, we must not forget that, on average, three women die as a result of domestic violence every day in the United States. Domestic violence adversely affects the entire family, leaving men, women, and children vulnerable to suffering long-term physical, psychological, and emotional turmoil.
One in four women and one in thirteen men will experience domestic violence sometime in their lifetime. In 2015, more than 41,000 domestic violence-related calls to law enforcement were made. And in 2016, approximately 18% of the homeless population were women who were survivors of domestic violence. These statistics are all the more frightening when we consider that domestic violence often goes unreported.
With today’s motion, it is my hope that throughout the month of October, and throughout the year, we collectively raise awareness about domestic violence, prevent it from happening, and encourage individuals impacted by it to access resources and report its occurrence.
Survivors of domestic violence can seek help by calling Los Angeles County Domestic Violence Safety Plan Hotline at 1-800-978-3600. Please call, and know that you are never alone.”