In addition to breast cancer awareness, October is also domestic violence awareness month.

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The initiative to bring this cause to the forefront of the nation’s attention has drastically increased– social media efforts such as #WhyIStayed as reaction to recent events involving professional American athletes among other situations as well as celebrities voicing their own personal experiences with domestic violence like Charlize Theron, Halle Berry, Kelly Rowland, Madonna and dozens more, and notoriety from those embracing ambassador roles for support organizations, such as the lovely Kerry Washington for the Purple Purse campaign. These seemingly small efforts are beginning to make big impacts on the media and the general public’s response to domestic violence victims and survivors.

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Although domestic violence is a universal problem, there is no doubt the issue statistically more strongly effects the female populous: specifically one in four women will experience domestic abuse in her lifetime including physical, sexual, emotional, psychological, economic and spiritual abuse.

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In recognition of the demographics of domestic violence statistics, Beauty Brands, a cosmetic and fashion brand supplying makeup, hair and nail accessories, tools and more, is showing solidarity to the survivors of this epidemic. When you stop by your local Beauty Brands and make a donation, 100% of the proceeds will go to your local domestic violence shelters. It takes about 42 dollars to provide a sanctuary to a woman and her children for a night. In that one night of safety, she can be potentially exposed to the resources she needs to make a safe life for her and her family with access to legal, financial and health information.

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I’m encouraging both lady bees and readers as well as our male bees to buzz over to your local Beauty Brands and make a donation through October 11th.

Domestic violence comes in all shapes and sizes, can be mentally veiled and physically worn but love should never hurt. For those seeking more information regarding defining domestic abuse for your life and relationship as well as how to get help in Houston, Texas and nationwide, please click the following:

Aid to Victims of Domestic Abuse
Family Violence Unit
Domestic Violence Services
United Way
Women’s Shelters
TX Domestic Violence Services
HCDVCC
TX Health and Human Services
Domestic Violence Institute of Texas
National Coalition Against Domestic Violence