October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, PLN will share updates on resources and stories of strength so all can know to expect respect. If you or someone you know are experiencing DV – you are not alone – please contact a resource above or call our Prevention & Aftercare Team at 213-814-1550
Domestic Violence (DV) is a pattern of behavior used to establish power and control over another person through fear and intimidation. DV can be physical, sexual, verbal, economic or emotional abuse.
What are patterns/signs people should be on the lookout for?
Domestic violence is a repetitive action of abusive behavior that can happen to anyone in the talking stage, dating stage, and even during marriage when the other person wants to control everything the person does from who they talk to, who they see, what they see, wear, eat, and even making them stop talking to family members by using physical, verbal, or sexual abuse.
women experience experience domestic violence
injuries are caused by DV every year and 1,300 deaths
children are exposed to intimate partner violence each year, and 90% of these children are eyewitnesses to this violence
calls placed to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence hotline on a typical day
Natalie*, learned to advocate for herself amidst facing domestic violence and barriers to employment. Working with our Domestic Violence Support Services (DVSS) team, she received emergency funds for rental assistance, mental health support and enrolled herself in various support groups and counseling sessions. Today, she is proud to have the courage to speak up for herself and be a part of this newfound community.
Tina* is another survivor who joined PLN’s DVSS program in 2020. As a caregiver dealing with at-risk housing and unemployment, finding a stable job in sewing became more difficult during the pandemic. With her PLN counselor, she applied and successfully obtained rental assistance from PLN’s emergency family funds. Subsequently, Tina joined PLN’s parenting classes and received counseling. As of this year, she has graduated from our DVSS program with improved self-esteem and mental health, as well as a stable job that reliably provides for her family.
Our DVSS team asked clients to share their response to these two questions on a “Jam board”. Here are their courageous responses below.
There is incredible strength in DV Survivors. Many of them are breaking generational cycles of abuse and forming new family patterns, are developing a positive outlook of the future despite everything they went through, learning to find their voice again and becoming advocates for themselves and others, and uplifting other survivors/encouraging others to seek help and support.
Here are ways we can help:
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We asked three of our case managers with thirteen years of experience amongst them to share their observations on how DV’s impact on families and common barriers that survivors face.
Q: How have you seen how DV affects families, particularly children?
A: DV spreads fear that can isolate survivors. For instance, many of my clients do not not feel comfortable being forthright about their DV situation because they are afraid that the Department of Family and Children Services (DCFS) will remove their children. Many of them often say they want DV resources for a friend out of shame and fear.
DV deeply affects children. It creates an environment that does not feel safe and prevents routines from being formed. As a result, children are at higher risk for malnourishment, lack of clothing and material items, and emotional abuse, like gaslighting–imposing what is the abusive caretaker’s fault as their own.
DV stunts children from growing into their fullest potential by blinding them from seeing how the world should be. DV also impacts their education as it is hard to focus at school when life at home is traumatic.
Q: What are common barriers DV survivors often have that prevents them from moving forward?
A: There are many: