One, two, three… Nicki is making dinner for her boyfriend who should be home any second now. Four, five, six… He arrives at the apartment half-past 5pm. Seven, eight, nine… Slam!

Nine seconds. A woman is assaulted or beaten every nine seconds in the United States and this crime can affect anyone regardless of race, age, nationality, social status, or economic standing, according to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence. The organization has set a call to action intended to raise awareness on the issue of domestic violence. A number of people are still being impacted by domestic violence. The NCADV does not plan on stopping its efforts until all survivors and victims are heard.

Similarly, being that it is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, Campus Advocacy Resources & Education (CARE) has dedicated a series of campus events for the purpose of raising awareness on the issue right on the UC Merced Campus. One of the events that CARE hosted was a box for survivors of domestic violence. This is a voluntary event in which participants put a box together with items they feel would help victims/survivors of domestic violence and their families.

Another notable event that CARE held was a Peer Educator training. One of the Peer Educators, Yolotzin Morales, attended the event and stated that the training was a great experience and she is very passionate about helping raise awareness. CARE has been tabling all month long on Scholars Lane to promote awareness of domestic violence. Overall, the turnout has been good and several people have committed to becoming a part of CARE as peer educators.

Home. Retrieved October 12, 2016, from http://www.ncadv.org/takeastand.

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