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Domestic Violence Awareness Month

By Sheryl Rentz on October 21, 2009

Although domestic violence prevention and awareness is important to be upheld at all times, the month of October offers a chance for survivors and supporters to join forces against acts of domestic violence. According to the Domestic Violence Resource Center, an estimated 1.3 million women are physically assaulted each year and about four women, and 1 man, are killed every day by their intimate partner.

Domestic violence, whether it is physical or emotional, is reflective of serious abuse that is illegal. Such matters surrounding domestic violence should never be taken lightly, especially when children are involved. Even if the children are not direct victims of domestic violence, living in a household of domestic violence can cause much emotional stress. And just because a child is not being victimized now doesn’t mean that he or she may not be later. It is a frightening thought, but the reality of such a risk is far too great to put to the test.

According to a recent article on, this October will serve as the 22nd official recognition of National Domestic Violence Month. Although some may speculate that the recent struggles of our economy have increased incidents of domestic abuse, victims of such mistreatment should never feel helpless. Help is always available and it is important first and foremost to remove yourself from any current abusive situation you may be in.

Unfortunately, issues of domestic violence may also involve other elements of family law that can leave a person feeling overwhelmed and even perplexed. If you have been a victim of domestic violence, you have legal rights and options that may help you receive a restraining order against your attacker and even full custody of your children. For more information about what can be done to help you with your domestic violence case, contact the Law Offices of Sheryl R. Rentz, P.C. Our skilled Philadelphia domestic violence attorneys have been assisting victims of domestic violence for many years and have the legal knowledge and experience to protect your rights. Call 610-645-0100 for a free consultation today.

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