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[478] DVPolicy.org with Founder Pam Paziotopoulos @PamPazio #DV #domesticviolence

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Advocating for the prevention of domestic violence and the protection of victims... The Center for Domestic Violence Policy is a national organization dedicated to addressing and minimizing the most pervasive crime in our country: domestic violence. — In the United States, over 20 people per minute are physically abused by their intimate partners. — Over the course of each year, more than 12 million women and men will be victims of some form of domestic violence. — 1 in 4 women and 1 in 7 men over age 18 have been victims of rape, stalking, or physical domestic violence by a partner. — Domestic violence is not always physical, but can also be psychological or financial. — Roughly half of all men and women report being psychologically abused by a partner. — 98% of physical domestic violence victims are also victims of financial abuse; it’s the number one reason they can’t / won’t leave. — Over 80% of women who are stalking victims are / were also victims of physical domestic violence. — 4 out of 10 bi or gay men and 5 out of 10 bi or lesbian women are victims of domestic assault. Although this challenge of eliminating domestic violence appears insurmountable, The Center for Domestic Violence Policy has created, developed, and implemented multiple protocols which have proven effective in addressing this intolerable societal problem. Educating the general population about domestic violence, its signs, and how to safely extricate oneself from a bad situation or relationship is one purpose of the organization. Advocating for victims at an individual and general level by pushing for stronger legislation is another focus. The third arm of the CDVP is increasing the availability of resources and people at critical positions who can effect positive change – including those in law enforcement, the judiciary, and in the workplace, where violence committed under the structure of hierarchy is also a serious issue. The center has expanded its targeted audience to include