Each year, thousands of people – men and women of all ages and backgrounds – fall victim to abuse at the hands of a loved one.
In this borough alone, more than 5,000 arrests were made last year and 19 people, including innocent children, lost their lives in domestic violence incidents.
Every October, this issue is brought to the forefront as the country recognizes Domestic Violence Awareness Month. As the nation takes time to examine this problem, The Queens Courier is taking a closer look at how it impacts the borough and its residents.
During the next few weeks, our series will educate the community about what domestic violence is, including the many forms it can take and who the victims are, and it will provide readers with information about where they can go for help.
If you think you are a victim of domestic violence, there are many places right here in Queens that you can turn to for help, when you are ready to take that step.
More on domestic violence: part 2 of our series.
Stories and links from part 1 of our series on domestic violence can be found here:
THE SILENT SHAME- AN INTRODUCTION TO DOMESTIC VIOLENCE