• Walter Carmickle

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

If this is not the right time to eliminate sexual harassment, sexual assault and domestic violence in VA health care settings, then when? If we are not the right group to stop violence against others, then who?

The first National Domestic Violence Awareness Month was designated in October 1987. The following 33 Octobers have brought attention to the victims, survivors and witnesses of violence. This month serves to focus our attention on the deep impact of domestic violence and abuse on those individuals. It also gives us the opportunity to join with them to say it is time to rise against violence.

You can help take a stand today. Wear a purple ribbon to honor those who have experienced domestic violence. Add a white ribbon and take White Ribbon VA Pledge to answer the call to Stand Up to Stop Harassment Now. Recognize this month by wearing both a purple and white ribbon. By taking action to eliminate violence, you give a voice to those whose experience and pain may otherwise be silenced.

A quick look at the data provides a shocking reality. In terms of domestic violence, an average of 20 people per minute are abused by an intimate partner. Health care workers are as much as five times more likely to experience an injury due to workplace violence as those in other professions.

  • bullying

  • disrespectful comments

  • Domestic Violence

  • Domestic Violence Awareness Month

  • harmful behavior

  • sexual assault

  • sexual harassment

  • White Ribbon VA Pledge

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