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As noted in our 1-A photo page, October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. The crosses in the photo symbolize the average number of deaths in Michigan each year from domestic violence.

But even for those who manage to survive, the effects of such abuse can be mentally crippling, sometimes long after the physical damage has healed – not only for them, but also for their children, families and friends.

In 2019, Michigan had 57,018 incidents of domestic violence reported to law enforcement — many more go unreported, officials added — and 44 domestic violence homicides, according to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, citing information from the Michigan State Police.

The NCADV also said that 36.1% of Michigan women and 25.8% of Michigan men “experience physical violence, rape and/or harassment from an intimate partner in their life.”

It is therefore essential to provide those who are faced with domestic violence – to themselves, a friend or a loved one – easy and immediate access to resources, even simply to someone to talk to in times of crisis.

As part of observance of Domestic Abuse Awareness Month, Michigan Department of Health and Human Services Highlights New State 24/7 Hotline , which provides live one-on-one support to all victims, survivors, support persons and professionals who serve them. . The hotline number is available by calling 866-864-2338 or texting 877-861-0222.

“MDHHS joins national efforts to educate communities about the lasting trauma that domestic violence has on individuals and families,” said Elizabeth Hertel, director of MDHHS. “Providing support services to people who are victims of abuse is extremely important, and we encourage anyone in need to seek help.”

The hotline is free and provides local support tailored to each unique situation through trained advocates. Helplines are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year by phone, chat, text or TTY for people who are deaf or hard of hearing:

— Call: 866-864-2338;

— Text: 877-861-0222 (standard text messaging rates apply);

— Chat: MCEDSV.org/chat;

— TTY: 517-898-5533.

Domestic violence is a pattern of behaviors used by a partner to maintain power and control in a relationship, advises the MDHHS. “Domestic violence does not discriminate and affects all races, genders, education and economic status. Multiple forms of abuse are often present. It is important to know the behaviors to look for in order to seek support for oneself or for others”, the MDHHS said in a press release.

For those suffering from domestic violence, help can be a simple phone call, text or online chat.



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