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                Domestic Violence Awareness Month

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. "Domestic violence is the willful intimidation as part of a systematic pattern of power and control perpetrated by one intimate partner against another. Frequency and severity of domestic violence can vary dramatically, but the constant of domestic violence is one partner’s consistent efforts to maintain power and control over the other."

Anyone can be an abuser. They come from all groups, all cultures, all religions, all economic levels, and all backgrounds. They can be your neighbor, your pastor, your friend, your child's teacher, a relative, a coworker -- anyone. It is important to note that the majority of abusers are only violent with their current or past intimate partnersOne study found 90% of abusers do not have criminal records and abusers are generally law-abiding outside the home. Learn more about the signs of abuse here.

Now Streaming- A Death in St. Augustine

A Death in St. Augustine

After four years and three government investigations, Gov. Rick Scott of Florida has assigned a new special prosecutor to re-examine the circumstances surrounding the shooting death of a deputy sheriff’s girlfriend who was in the process of breaking up with him.

The death of Michelle O’Connell, 24, in September 2010 continues to stir strong emotions in northeast Florida and beyond in part because the local sheriff and medical examiner, after a flawed investigation, quickly concluded that she had killed herself with her boyfriend’s service weapon. A subsequent investigation by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, an independent state investigative agency, challenged the suicide ruling after, among other things, finding two neighbors who said they heard a woman crying for help before hearing shots. But no charges have been brought against the deputy, Jeremy Banks.

Last November, the case was the subject of a lengthy examination by The New York Times, in collaboration with the PBS investigative news program FRONTLINE. That examination found serious shortcomings in the sheriff’s department’s handling of the case involving its own deputy, while also casting light on the problem of domestic violence involving police officers. In the months since the article was published, 184,000 people have signed an online petition calling for a coroner’s inquest into the case.


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Online Resources

Online Resources

The resources below are provided by the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV), the National Domestic Violence Hotline (the Hotline), the National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC) or RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network).  

Practicing Active Bystander Intervention from RAINN

Take Action to Support Healthy Relationships from NSVRC

Understand Relationship Abuse from the Hotline

Dynamics of Abuse from NCADV

The Power and Control Wheel  - "The wheel serves as a diagram of tactics that an abusive partner uses to keep their victims in a relationship." From the Hotline.

Warning Signs of Relationship Abuse from the Hotline

Signs of Love Bombing from the Hotline

Abuse in Deaf Communities from the Hotline

Abuse in LGBTQ+ Communities from the Hotline

Domestic Violence and the LGBTQ Community from NCADV

Domestic Violence and the Black Community from NCADV

Abuse in Disability Communities from the Hotline

Domestic Violence and People with Disabilities: What to Know, Why It Matters, and How to Help from NCADV

Teen, Campus & Dating Violence from NCADV

Domestic Abuse in Later Life from NCADV

Male Victims of Intimate Partner Violence from NCADV

Why Do Victims [of abuse] Stay? from NCADV

Economic and Financial Abuse from NCADV

Hope & Power for Your Personal Finances: A Rebuilding Guide Following Domestic Violence from NCADV

Do You Know the Basics of Consent? Take this quiz to find out! From NSVRC.

Legal Role of Consent from RAINN

Your Consent Guide - This guide defines consent and details key considerations before, during, and after asking. From NSVRC.

What Consent Looks Like from RAINN

Digital Consent, Boundaries, and Everyday Online Consent from NSVRC

Domestic Violence and Sexual Abuse from NCADV

Understanding Sexual Violence from NSVRC

Types of Sexual Violence from RAINN provides information about sexual assault of men, women, or children, intimate partner sexual violence, sexual harassment, stalking, using technology to hurt others, sexual abuse or exploitation by medical or helping professionals, military sexual trauma, and other forms of sexual violence.  

The Impact of Sexual Violence - "Nearly 1 in 5 women and 1 in 71 men are victims of rape (Black et al., 2011). But all of us are impacted by sexual violence. That’s because sexual violence affects communities and society — in addition to survivors and their loved ones. Because of this, it’s on all of us to help prevent it." From NSVRC.

Laws In Your State - "From the legal definition of rape to the statute of limitation for a particular sex crime, where you live makes a difference. Here's a guide to the laws in your state." From RAINN.

Staying Safe on Campus from RAINN

Warning signs that a college-age adult may have been sexually assaulted from RAINN

Grooming: Know the Warning Signs from RAINN

Stalking: 16 Important Statistics, and What You Can Do About It from NCADV

Stalking Fact Sheet from NCADV


The National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey (NISVS) reports that about 1 in 6 women and 1 in 17 men have been stalked at some point in their lives.  While most women and men first experience being stalked as adults, approximately 21% of female victims and 13% of male victims reported being stalked as minors. Nearly 54% of female victims and 41% of male victims experienced stalking before the age of 25.

The National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey (NISVS) reports that about 1 in 6 women and 1 in 17 men have been stalked at some point in their lives.

While most women and men first experience being stalked as adults, approximately 21% of female victims and 13% of male victims reported being stalked as minors. Nearly 54% of female victims and 41% of male victims experienced stalking before the age of 25. SOURCE

Recommended Readings at SJR State- Domestic Violence

Agencies that can help

Agencies That Can Help

Sexual Assault

The Rape, Abuse, & Incest National Network's (RAINNNational Sexual Assault Telephone Hotline is a referral service that can put you in contact with your local rape crisis center. Call 1-800-656-HOPE (4673), or access RAINN’s online chat service.

Domestic Violence in Clay County in Putnam County in St. Johns County

Florida Domestic Violence Hotline: Call 1-800-500-1119 or Florida Relay 711

National Domestic Abuse Hotline: Call 1-800-799-SAFE (7233) or text "START" to 88788

Signs of Emotional Abuse

The Iceberg of Domestic Violence

The Iceberg of Domestic Violence


One of the most dangerous and insidious truths about domestic violence is it's easy to ignore if it's not visible. Like an iceberg, there's a lot more than what is visible above the surface, and that's true for individuals, communities, and cultures. In the depiction below, we've listed outward acts that society doesn't accept, where survivors are supported and the offenders are held accountable. Ask yourself: WHY don't we do the same with acts found below the water's surface? - Provided by the  National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV)

Domestic Violence Statistics from the CDC

About 1 in 4 women and nearly 1 in 10 men have experienced contact sexual violence, physical violence, and/or stalking by an intimate partner during their lifetime and reported some form of IPV-related impact. Over 43 million women and 38 million men have experienced psychological aggression by an intimate partner in their lifetime.

Upcoming Wellness Events


Events related to addressing power-based personal violence are categorized on our events calendar under Wellness. Visit our Wellness guide for additional information.