October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Domestic Violence is a issue we all need to be aware of, and unfortunately, with the pandemic, and people staying at home, an issue that is increasing.

There are 24-7 helplines available for you if you are experiencing domestic violence. There is the statewide Domestic Violence Helpline which connects callers with advocates at Domestic Violence Resource Centers and provides information, crisis counseling, emotional support and advocacy 1-866-834-HELP (4357)

There is also the Next Step Domestic Violence Project which offers services to residents of Hancock and Washington counties. They can be reached at 1-800-315-5579

Domestic violence doesn't just include physical abuse. It includes mental and financial abuse. Please if you are experiencing domestic abuse call 9-1-1 in an emergency, or one of the hotline numbers above when it is safe for you to call. Remember both the Statewide and Next Step numbers are available 24-7.

The video below is from the Pickens County Sheriff's Office in Georgia. Trigger warning - Domestic Abuse is portrayed. Please watch with caution.

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