October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, but awareness must be a year-round effort.
This month reminds all of us that domestic violence is a tragedy that doesn't really receive the attention it truly deserves.
Georgia has the unfortunate distinction of ranking 10th in the nation for men killing women in single victim homicides.
The Violence Policy Center recorded the deaths of over 1,200 Georgians over the last 10 years, due to domestic violence.
77% of victims were in touch with law enforcement in the five years before the homicide, and almost one half shared minor children at the time of the homicide.
In 2013, 30,000 domestic violence crimes were reported to Georgia law enforcement. Many others went unreported.
In addition to awareness, it is very important that you and people you know, understand where to seek help when someone is a victim.
Trained advocates are available 24/7 to talk confidentially with anyone who is experiencing domestic violence, seeking resources and information, or is questioning unhealthy aspects of a relationship.
If you or someone needs help call The Liberty House at 229-439-7094, or you can call the toll-free state hotline: 1-800-33-HAVEN.
It's never OK to be violated in a relationship and it's never OK for anyone to ignore it.