Rep. Bellock leads state recognition of Domestic Violence Awareness Month

October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. In recognition, State Representative Patti Bellock (R-Hinsdale) introduced and passed legislation this year, HR 254, to support and commend the efforts of those people and organizations who work tirelessly to help victims break free of the devastating effects of domestic abuse.

Domestic Violence Awareness Month evolved from the "Day of Unity" held in October of 1981, and was conceived by the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence. Since 1989, October has been designated as National Domestic Violence Month.

Organizations such as the National Domestic Violence Hotline and the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence have worked to educate, counsel, and help communities affected by domestic violence.

An estimated one-half of women in abusive relationships in the United States are physically injured by their partner. More than three million children witness domestic violence in their homes each year. Domestic violence costs more than $37 billion a year in law enforcement involvement, legal assistance, medical and mental health treatment, and lost employee productivity.

To learn more, please visit the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence online at

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