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October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month

President Obama on September 30, 2009 proclaimed October, National Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

As with any issue that endangers the health, safety or welfare of individuals, the first step towards ending that danger is to raise Awareness.

It seems that we are bombarded everyday with walkathons, and fund raisers, and pharmaceutical commercials that want to raise our Cancer Awareness, our Heart Disease Awareness, even our Awareness of Erectile Dysfunction. It becomes easy to forget that there are dangers in this world, and even in our own backyard, that don't stem from viruses or diseases. There are dangers, such as Domestic Violence that aren't caused by hunger or a germ, but instead by poor choices and a failure of support.

It's hard to know if there will ever be a cure for cancer, but we know the cure for Domestic Violence. A safe home and access to justice can provide victims of Domestic Violence with a voice to end their suffering.

If you or someone you know suffers from Sexual or Domestic Violence, call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-SAFE, or if you live in Massachusetts check out these resources available on the Massachusetts State website, and seek help.

Thank you to Danielle G. Van Ess, Esq. for reminding us that sometimes there are greater issues to blog about than just questions of court and law.

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