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Call it What it is: Domestic Violence

Out of the 11 domestic violence murders in Pinellas County in 2018, only one news report referenced domestic violence.
CASA, Pinellas County's Certified Domestic Violence Center, is launching the #CallitWhatitis Campaign for Domestic Violence Awareness Month to Urge the Media and Community Members to call out Domestic Violence by its Name to put a Spotlight on this Public Health Epidemic.

What if we called domestic violence its name every single time? What if each time there was a murder-suicide, a polarizing dispute, or a mass-shooting involving an intimate partner or family member, we said the words domestic violence? What if the over 17,000 reported cases in the Tampa Bay Area were reported on in the media and the words domestic violence graced the headlines?

According to the US Department of Justice, the term “domestic violence” includes felony or misdemeanor crimes of violence committed by a current or former spouse or intimate partner of the victim, by a person with whom the victim shares a child in common, by a person who is cohabitating with or has cohabitated with the victim as a spouse or intimate partner, by a person similarly situated to a spouse of the victim under the domestic or family violence laws, or by any other person against an adult or youth victim who is protected from that person’s acts under the domestic or family violence laws of the jurisdiction.

Each time there is a vehicular homicide caused by an intoxicated motorist, our community never shies away from the words “drunk driver.” You see, drunk driving is the cause, and vehicular homicide is the result. When our community talks about the latest murder-suicide, they only reference the result and leave out the cause – Domestic Violence.

Why it Matters

Words matter and if we don’t name the violence, we’re choosing to ignore it. By ignoring it, we’re silencing the voices of survivors, and what’s even more, we’re missing the opportunity to give out the critical services and resources provided by certified domestic violence centers across the state.

In 2017, Domestic Violence Cost Pinellas County a Minimum of $132 Million
Each Day Three Women are Murdered in an Act of Domestic Violence in the U.S.
There were 6,300 reported domestic violence offenses in Pinellas County in 2018
This domestic violence awareness month, we’re challenging our community to stand up to silence and call it what it is: domestic violence
Join us on Social Media by using the hashtags #StandUpToSilence #CallitWhatitis #DomesticViolence
Update your Facebook Profile Picture with our #Callitwhatitis Frame. Search "CASA Name the Violence" in Facebook Frames
Do you want to #StandUpToSilence with us during Domestic Violence Awareness Month? Click the Donate button below, your donations make a difference.
Attend a CASA Event During DV Awareness Month

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