October is domestic violence awareness month

SAY San Diego strives for a future without intimate partner violence. Domestic violence is a problem and SAY wants to be part of the solution by raising awareness to those that have loved ones in an abusive situation. In order to end domestic violence, it is important that everyone does their part.  October is domestic violence awareness month.1 

You may find a list of local domestic violence resources HERE.

Domestic violence is the willful intimidation, physical assault, batter, sexual assault, and/or other abusive behavior as part of a systematic pattern of power and control perpetrated by one intimate partner against another. Domestic violence is prevalent in EVERY community, and affects all people regardless of age, socioeconomic status, sexual orientation, gender, race, religion, or nationality.  


  • In the United States, more than 10 million adults experience domestic violence annually.
  • 1 in 4 women and 1 in 10 men experience sexual violence, physical violence and/or stalking by an intimate partner during their lifetime. 
  • On a typical day, domestic violence hotlines nationwide receive over 19,000 calls. 
  • Intimate partner violence is most common against women between the ages of 18-24 


  • 32.9 % of California women and 27.3% of California men experience intimate partner physical violence, intimate partner sexual violence and/or intimate partner stalking in their lifetimes. 
  • In a single day, domestic violence shelters served almost 5,800 women and children.
  • Between 2009 and 2011, while other types of homicides decreased, domestic violence fatalities in California increased by 11%. 

1 National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (2020). Domestic violence. Retrieved from https://assets.speakcdn.com/assets/2497/domestic_violence-2020080709350855.pdf?1596811079991. 

2 National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (2016). Domestic violence in California. Retrieved from www.ncadv.org/files/California.pdf