Sexual and domestic violence: What you can do


From: Helen Bagshaw
PPP chair

Domestic violence facts

• Every nine seconds in the US a woman is assaulted or beaten.

• In the United States, 20 people are physically abused by intimate partners every minute. This equates to more than 10 million abuse victims annually.

• One in five women and one in seven men have been severely physically abused by an intimate partner.

• One in seven women and one in 18 men have been stalked.

• On a typical day, domestic violence hotlines nationwide receive approximately 20,800 calls.

• Domestic violence is most common among women between the ages of 18-24.

• Nineteen percent of domestic violence involves a weapon.

• Domestic victimization is correlated with a higher rate of depression and suicidal behavior.

• Only 34 percent of people who are injured by intimate partners receive medical care for their injuries

• In 2017 at least 24 Minnesotans were killed due to violence from a current or former intimate partner

Wear your purple ribbon

Domestic Violence Awareness Month every October is a time to remind Winona of the hidden acts of violence many women, children and men face daily in their homes; a place they once associated with comfort and love. Wearing a purple ribbon is an easy way to show your support to end domestic violence. Although purple is a symbol of pain and suffering that reminds us of the bruises many people have sustained at the hands of their abusers, purple is also a symbol of hope for those affected by domestic violence. People wearing purple ribbons let victims know someone cares about them, and they want to help end domestic violence. Wearing the color purple or your purple ribbon in public not only raises awareness, but also inspires more people to get involved.

Winona County Primary Prevention Project (PPP): Stop sexual & domestic violence

Ways you can help prevent sexual and domestic violence:

Be a learner: Learn about the facts and red flags of domestic and sexual violence. When available come to informative community panels and presentations. Contact PPP Chair Helen Bagshaw at 507-454-4677.

Be a listener: When someone talks about an experience which may sound like sexual assault or domestic violence, speak as little as possible. Let the person tell their story. Don’t question their actions or what they did. Listen to them tell you what was happening in their life.

Be a supporter: Offer the person support. Ask them if they want to ask the Women’s Resource Center of Winona for additional help. Ask them if they need a ride or help in getting to a place for help. Ask them what they want; do not tell them what to do.
Be an up-stander: If you see a person taking someone from the bar who is too drunk to go home with someone else, speak up, and ask the drunken person if they know the person taking them, or talk to a bouncer or bartender about the situation, or see if you can find the friends the drunken person came in with. If you see someone being hurt, or yelled at, decide whether you can get involved safely. You may want to ask someone for help; remember it isn’t always safe to intercede.

Be a leader: In your place of work bring up discussions of domestic and sexual violence. With others, think of ways to help make your work site a place which supports survivors and stands up against abusers. What this could look like would be different in each work site. If you have questions or would like some help to make prevention plans, please contact us. We are more than willing to meet with you and whomever you would want to help develop a plan.

Be a teacher: Use your knowledge to teach people about the facts of sexual and domestic violence. Be truthful about its effects and the number of incidents in Winona County. Talk about ways to prevent violence.

Be a speaker: Speak out against sexual and domestic violence in your community, at events and through your actions. Participate in the messaging campaign to raise awareness and to speak out against violence. Speak up when someone tells an anti-woman joke or story – say it’s not funny and supports violence and woman abuse.

Be a policy maker: Work to implement preventive policies and practices where you are employed, in your organization, or faith community. Show support for legislation which helps survivors and prevents domestic and sexual violence before it starts. Support educational policies which teach children about preventing sexual and domestic violence and encourage respect for all.

If you need help - Here are some contact numbers:

• If you are in immediate danger call 911.

• 24-hour Crisis Line Winona Women’s Resource Center 507-452-4453

• Winona Women’s Resource Center 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. 507-452-4440

• National Domestic Violence Hotline 1-800-799-SAFE (7233)


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