October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month

According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, 32.9% of California women and 27.3% of California men experience intimate partner physical violence, intimate partner sexual violence and/or intimate partner stalking in their lifetimes. Domestic violence is a serious problem and every year, October is observed as Domestic Violence Awareness Month to bring awareness to the issue and the fight to end it.

The statistics of the lives affected by domestic violence are eye-opening. The California Victim Compensation Board (CalVCB) is the state agency leading the domestic violence awareness month effort and created an infographic to demonstrate just how many lives are affected by domestic violence.



There is another effort to bring awareness to domestic violence and sexual assault: the California Says NO MORE license plate. California is the first state in the nation to establish a specialized license plate to fund local programs in the fight against domestic violence and sexual assault.

The Cal OES Victims Services Grants Division is another major component to victims services. The division is comprised of Children’s, Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault, and Victim/Witness and provides funding to programs serving victims of crime in California, including, but not limited to, child abuse, domestic violence, sexual assault and all violent crime types.

Californians are in this together.



To learn more about how you can be involved during Domestic Violence Awareness Month, visit http://vcgcb.ca.gov/victims/dvam/

To learn more about the California Victim Compensation Board (CalVCB) and how they support victims of crime, visit at www.calvcgcb.ca.gov

Visit www.CAsaysNOMORE.org to order your California Says NO MORE license plate. The plate needs 7,500 orders to begin production.

For information about Cal OES Victims Services, visit http://bit.ly/1ykyhOS.



Monica Vargas

Monica is a Public Information Officer for the California Governor's Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES). She has been involved in the Aliso Canyon Gas Leak, Valley Fire, Butte Fire, historic drought, Oroville Dam Emergency Spillway Incident and 2017 winter storms. She previously served Cal OES as an analyst in international affairs, technology operations and executive staff support.

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