Domestic violence is a sensitive issue that touches the lives of countless New York families. In fact, nearly three out of four people in the United States personally know someone who is currently or has previously been victimized. This October, EAC Network, which provides vital Family & Community Services programs, is joining together with Americans across the country to #TakeAStand during Domestic Violence Awareness Month.
October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month
Domestic violence does not discriminate. It is an issue that transcends gender, race, religion, and socio-economic status. On average, 24 American women and men become victims of rape, violence, or stalking by an intimate partner every minute, according to the National Domestic Violence Hotline.
To shine a light on this pervasive problem, National Domestic Violence Awareness Month was created in 1981. It is a time when everyone is reminded that it is better to speak up than stay silent when safety is at stake.
#TakeAStand Against Domestic Abuse
Domestic Violence Awareness Month reinforces the important message that everyone is capable of contributing to the reduction of domestic violence at home, in our community, and in our workplaces.
To help spread the word about the dangers of domestic violence, #TakeAStand with EAC Network this October. Together, we can make a difference.
How EAC Network Fights Domestic Violence Daily
This month and every month, EAC Network is focused on improving domestic violence awareness. We have several programs—like the Brooklyn Batterer Intervention Program and the Long Island Dispute Resolution Centers (LIDRC)—that address the root causes of domestic abuse.
Brooklyn Batterer Intervention Program
Brooklyn Batterer Intervention Program (BIP) is a 16-week educational program for male domestic violence offenders, which encourages men to take responsibility for abusive acts and explore the effects and impact of violence.
Domestic violence is a national issue with very local implications. About one in four women will experience some form of it during their lifetime. Currently, Brooklyn has the highest incidence rate in New York City.
EAC Network’s Solution:
To reduce domestic violence and recidivism, BIP educates and provides resources that focus on encouraging participants to take responsibilities for their actions and explore the greater impact of domestic abuse.
To learn more about Brooklyn Batterer Intervention Program, click here.
Long Island Dispute Resolution Centers (LIDRC)
Long Island Dispute Resolution Centers (LIDRC) provides conflict resolution interventions that help individuals, families, businesses, and the community at large resolve disputes before they escalate into major problems, like domestic violence.
In all types of daily interactions, conflict is often unavoidable. It can occur when individuals or groups don’t have their needs met or receive satisfaction. When tensions get high, extra mediation is sometimes necessary to help all parties reach the best possible outcome.
EAC Network’s Solution:
LIDRC helps individuals settle disputes outside of the court system. In a collaborative setting, LIDRC facilitates peaceful resolutions of conflicts that prevent problems from escalating.
To learn more about Long Island Dispute Resolution Centers, click here.
EAC Network’s Innovative Programs Help Locals in Need
These programs are just two examples of how EAC Network uses innovative programs to #TakeAStand during Domestic Violence Awareness Month and all year round. Through a variety of Behavioral Health & Criminal Justice programs, our staff touches the lives of many individuals throughout our community on a daily basis.
Join us in our mission to Empower, Assist and Care for people in need across Long Island and New York City. To learn more or support EAC Network, please contact us today.