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Domestic Violence

The Issue

If you are in danger, call 911, call your local hotline, or call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-SAFE (7233) or 1-800-787-3224 (TTY)

Domestic violence is the single largest cause of injury to American women between the ages of 14 and 44. Each year, between two million and four million women are injured by domestic violence in this country, and some 2,000 of these women die. Abuse occurs between spouses and partners, between siblings, between parents and children, and between children and grandparents. Victims can be any age, race, class, sexual orientation, and gender.

Did you know.

The medical, emotional and economic toll of domestic violence, which often carries through generations of a family, sends up an urgent cry for communities to intensify efforts to address this issue as a community concern. With the right tools and information, everyone can play a role in stopping the violence-teachers and students, church leaders and congregations, employers and employees, policy makers and voters, women and men.

The first step is to break the silence and talk about the issues. Please use Poof! and the companion materials on this web site as tools to get the conversations going in your corner of the world. You can use the discussion guide with church groups, classrooms, book clubs, support groups, work groups, friends, family members, neighborhood associations, and any other group that makes sense in your community.