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Domestic Violence Awareness Month

by Attorney & Mediator Katherine Thomas

October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

Domestic violence is not just limited to physical abuse. Domestic violence can be any physical, emotional, sexual or psychological action that one person uses to gain power or control over another. Domestic violence is not limited by gender, age, or race. In fact, men account for 15% of all domestic violence victims. Women between the ages of 16 and 24 are the most vulnerable to domestic violence. On average, three women lose their lives to domestic violence every day.

Despite the progress that has been made in reducing domestic violence through awareness and legislation, such as the Violence Against Women Act, it remains an ongoing, and oftentimes unspoken problem in this country. If you or someone you know if the victim of domestic violence, there are resources available:

Middlesex County Area – Domestic Violence Services Network: 888-399-6111

Norfolk County Area – Domestic Violence Ended:  (DOVE) 888-314-3683

Safelink: 877-785-2020

If you need assistance with a case involving domestic violence or a restraining order, please contact one of the Massachusetts divorce and family law attorneys at The Divorce Collaborative at (508) 346-3805.  

Attorney Katherine Thomas is a Massachusetts divorce and family law attorney with The Divorce Collaborative with offices in Bedford, Medway, Burlington and Shrewsbury. She also volunteers on the Board of Directors for the Domestic Violence Services Network.


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