October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

Domestic violence in America is a problem of shocking magnitude to which we’ve become almost completely inured.

Domestic violence is the willful intimidation, physical assault, battery, sexual assault, emotional and psychological abuse, threats, and other abusive behavior as part of a systematic pattern of power and coercive control perpetrated, almost exclusively, by men against women.

In the United States, more than 10 million adults — again, almost exclusively women — experience domestic violence annually. From 2016 through 2018 the number of intimate partner violence victimizations in the United States increased 42%, and in 2018, intimate partner violence accounted for 20% of all violent crime.

Washtenaw County is no different. Ann Arbor is no different. Ypsilanti is no different. Click here for a tribute to women who have been killed in Ypsilanti through domestic violence.

For more details on this presentation, and to join the meeting, click here.

This program is dedicated to Courtney Neely, who was murdered by her former partner, Michael Taylor on July 15 in Ypsilanti, Michigan. He then committed suicide, leaving their 4-month-old baby. For a statement from SafeHouse, calling attention to the complete lack of coverage in the media of this avoidable tragedy, click here.

For some background on the presentation by Dr. Larance:

Strategically Stealthy: Women’s Agency in Navigating Spousal Violence

Women’s Use of Force in Intimate Relationships

In Her Own Words: Women Describe Their Use of Force Resulting in Court-Ordered Intervention