October by Christine Duncan

safehouse1 October is one of those months where you hear a lot about women’s causes. But the women’s cause you usually read and hear about is breast cancer. I’m here to tell you that there is another women’s cause in October. You won’t read about it in many magazines. For some reason, we still don’t publicize it as we should. Is there still a stigma? Is it still something we whisper about? Do you know what I’m talking about? October is Domestic Violence Awareness month.

Odds are, statistically, you know someone or more than one someone who has been the victim of domestic violence. The numbers being batted around are between 20% to 25% of women have, or will be a victim at some point in their lives. The National center for domestic and sexual violence said in 2005 there were 1637 shelters offering emergency shelter. According to Wiki answers there are 3500 animal shelters in the U.S. I think those statistics speak for themselves.

I write mysteries with a background setting of a domestic violence shelter because despite the fact that so many women are victims, we still have a hush hush attitude toward the problem. I have had booksellers refuse to sell my books because it’s a depressing subject and they didn’t think people would want to read about it. I have had people tell me openly that they couldn’t read about it.

People need to stop that. People need to talk about it. It is a fact of life and we need to get all of the information we can about it. And yes, works of fiction can inform. Only then can we begin to work on the problem.

We invite educated and informed guest blogs on the subject of domestic violence during the month of October.

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