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October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and Linda Calvio, Director of Victim Services, says the month is to create awareness that there is help available for those who need it.

In 2017, there were 48 cases of reported abuse through the local Victim Services office, but Calvio pointed out that there are many cases that go unreported.


"There are so many that are unreported, all you have to do is pick up the newspaper everyday and you will see that there is a domestic disturbance," said Calvio.


According to Calvio, statistically, it takes a woman at least 8 to 10 times to experience abuse before they'll leave their abuser.


Some of signs that you may be involved in an abusive relationship are as follows:

* jealousy
* too controlling 
* attempting to isolate you
* using verbal abuse or name-calling
* threats of violence
* not accepting responsibility for their actions
* pushing for quick involvement
* sudden mood swings
* always blaming others
* hypersensitive
* unrealistic expectations
* passed battering
* cruelty to animals or children


Calvio went on to say that education is prevention and anyone who may be involved in an abusive relationship can find help online at or by calling 432-263-3312, and all communication is confidential.


The Silent Witness Display that is set up by Victim Services is on the1st floor of the Howard County Courthouse. Each silhouette in the display is a woman who can no longer speak for themselves because they were killed by their abuser. The display will be up through the end of the month.

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