International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women

November 25, 2015

Remember the NFL public service announcement campaign, “No More?” Find it here on YouTube, #NoMore. Domestic Violence is an equal opportunity menace. “Persons of any class, culture, religion, sexual orientation, marital status, age, and sex can be victims or perpetrators of domestic violence” (http://www.domesticviolence.org/common-myths/). There are resources; there is help.

The YWCA reports that domestic violence affects one in four women in their lifetime — that’s more than breast, ovarian or lung cancers combined. Chances are you know someone who was, or is, in an abusive relationship. It happened to me over an eighteen month period from 2001-2003.

Let’s get local.

The Women’s Resource Center (WRC) in Oceanside receives 65 calls and 150 new clients per month, including 15 sexual assault clients. The YWCA and WRC are only a couple resources for San Diego women in crisis. The WRC offers crisis intervention services, a hotline (760.757.3500 — 24 hours a day, seven days a week), 30-day shelter, a legal clinic on Tuesdays, and 2-year transitional housing for families.

The San Diego Police Department can help too.

During this month of Homelessness Awareness, it’s important to note that 63% of all homeless women have experienced domestic violence at some point in their lives, and 90% have experienced sexual or physical abuse.

There are resources; there is help. If you or someone you suspect is at risk, seek help.

 

Nancy Campman-Crofts

HomeAid San Diego Board of Directors