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October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Someone you care about is likely experiencing domestic violence- Whether you can see it or not.

Anyone, regardless of gender, race, sexual identity or orientation, or socio-economic status, can become a victim of domestic violence. This year’s campaign theme, #Every1KnowsSome1, strives to highlight how common domestic violence is and that it is more than physical violence.

What is Domestic Violence?
Domestic violence is the willful intimidation, physical assault, battery, sexual assault, and/or other abuisve behavior as part of a systematic pattern of power and control perpetrated by one intimate partner against another.  It includes physical violence, sexual violence, threats and emotional abuse.  The frequency and severity of domestic violence can vary dramatically.

Domestic Violence in Massachusetts:

  • 33.9% of Massachusetts women and 31.7% of Massachusetts men experience intimate partner physical violence, intimate partner sexual violence, and/or intimate partner stalking in their lifetimes.
  • In 2019, there were 28 domestic violence homicides in Massachusetts
  • In 2008, domestic violence was declared a public health emergency in Massachusetts
  • In 2015 there were 30, 172 active protective orders in the National Crime Information Center for MA


Did you know?


  • 1 in 3 women and 1 in 4 men have experienced some form of physical violence by an intimate partner.  
  • On a typical day, local domestic violence hotlines receive approximately 19, 159 calls, approximately 13 calls every minute
  • In 2018, domestic violence accounted for 20% of all violent Crimes
  • 65% of all murder-suicides involve an intimate partner; 96% of the victims of these crimes are female



If you are in crisis, contact the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-SAFE (7233)or Please visit the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence website at for more fact sheets and valuable resources.  

Wear Purple for Domestic Violence Awareness Day, also known as #PurpleThursday, will be observed Thursday, October 21, 2021. Use wearing purple as a conversation starter and share why ending domestic violence is important to you.