Public Safety:Domestic Violence Awareness
October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and October 1 is the second annual "Work To End Domestic Violence Day." The University of Pennsylvania is joining employers in Philadelphia and across the country to help work to end domestic violence.
One in three Americans has witnessed an incident of domestic violence, and almost four million women are physically abused by their husbands or boyfriends every year. In 1995-96, nearly 30,000 women asked for help from Philadelphia's four domestic violence service agencies. The emotional and physical toll of domestic violence on our employees and in communties throughout Philadelphia is tremendous, and we at Penn can make a difference.
You can take part in our efforts to put a stop to domestic violence. This month, watch for flyers about specific events, including:
September 28-October 4:
Other things members of the University can do:
There are also other resources in the Philadelphia area staffed with people who want to help you. Any of the above offices can provide you with the agency names and telephone numbers.
-- Susan A. Hawkins, Director, Special Services/Division
of Public Safety
Almanac, Vol. 45, No. 5, September 29, 1998