Friday, October 16, 2009

Talk for a Change

October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Mira Sorvino has teamed up with The Allstate Foundation to encourage people to “Pass it On, Act & Learn” (P.A.L.) about domestic violence.

Facts about Domestic Violence:
  • Each day in the U.S., three women die as result of domestic violence.
  • More than one in four women will experience domestic violence in her lifetime.
  • More than three out of four Americans know someone who is or has been a victim of domestic violence.
Even so, few feel comfortable discussing the subject, and the Allstate Foundation would like to change that.

Let’s talk for a change - Visit the Click to Empower website and share a story about overcoming domestic violence or helping a “gal pal” in need, read others' stories, and help spread the word. Each person who shares a personal experience can be entered to receive a limited edition Tell a Gal P.A.L. t-shirt, as worn by Mira Sorvino, as a thank you for inspiring others.


  1. What is often overlooked is that men are also victims of domestic abuse. Studies have been done that show it's as big a problem for men as women. But apparently they are supposed to be able to "take it". Have to wonder how many men have been arrested because they were defending themselves and their abuser was hurt...far too many I'm sure. Abuse is wrong, no matter who does's just sad that it's automatically assumed the man is the perpetrator when it isn't necessarily so.

  2. The thing is to recognize abuse before it gets to the violent stage.

    One book that spells it out quite well is "Women who love too much" by Robin Norwood


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