According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, one in three women and one in four men have been victims of some form of physical abuse by a partner. The coalition also reports that one in seven women and one in 18 men have been stalked by an intimate partner during their lifetime. 

October is Domestic Violence Awareness month.  The month and its initiatives were created in 1987 by The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence. The organization was founded to “envision a national culture in which we are all safe, empowered and free from domestic violence.” The month is designed to connect those working on issues associated with domestic violence and promote awareness for the issue. 

Domestic violence is an issue that crosses gender, race, and social economic lines. It can occur between a parent and child, intimate parents, or close friends. Factors that lead to domestic violence include a lack of access to mental health care and constraints associated with financial abuse

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Domestic violence has a stigma associated with it despite the fact that being on the receiving end of someone’s misplaced aggression is nothing to be ashamed. Survivors are working to lift that stigma by making room for one another to tell their stories in safe spaces online and offline. 

And, in Hollywood, victims and supporters are boldly coming forward about facing and fighting domestic violence. Stars including  Halle Berry and Tina Turner have opened up about their personal experiences. Others like Raheem Devaughn have committed time and resources to showing support to survivors who are living in cities where statistics are staggering through work with organizations like SafeHouse, the Shani Baraka Women’s Resource Center,  and the Essex County Prosecutors Office for Victims Witness Advocacy Program. 

Stars have been showing fans and victims that domestic violence can happen to anyone and that survivors can thrive by using their platforms. 

See celebrities that have worked to raise awareness through their art and service to others below.  

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