OCTOBER IS DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AWARENESS MONTH

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October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and Turning Point of West Alabama is looking to keep Tuscaloosa’s up to date.

Statistics from the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence show that one in three women and one in four men will experience some form of domestic violence at some point in their lives.

Domestic violence is not just limited to physical abuse, but can include economic and social control.

Turning Point Executive Director Amy Foster said it’s important to keep residents aware of the dangers of domestic violence while they’re still young.

Mackenzie Ross, president and founder of the organization Team One Love on the University of Alabama campus, said an abuser’s goal is isolation and control.

“In an abusive relationship, it can sometimes feel like you are isolated and that no one wants to help you,” she said. “And that’s why you sometimes feel dependent on your abuser, and that should never be the case.”

If you fear you are a victim of domestic abuse, call Turning Point’s 24-hour help line at 205-758-0808 or visit their website, turningpointservices.org

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