Local DC group helps bring awareness to domestic violence

DC group supports domestic violence victims

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) - One in four women and one in seven men will be impacted by domestic violence.

Chances are you or someone you know has been or will be a victim.

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month and one D.C. group is making sure people are not only aware, but know how to help and seek help.

It can happen anywhere and domestic violence is more than verbal or physical abuse between a couple. 

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Out of the more than 30,000 reports of domestic violence in the District over the last year, The DC Coalition Against Domestic Violence literally illustrated a handful of specific incidents that happened as examples of what could happen, of what they say should never happen.

Thousands of these posters are being spread throughout D.C., on walls, at bars and restaurants and in windows.

The hope is that people will ask for help.

That's why the coalition is training dozens of District bars, restaurants, cafes and hangout spots on how to recognize and respond to abuse, what to look out for, what to do and how to help.

It seems they've already learned that sometimes it's not about what to look out for, but how to listen.

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