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The IPV/A Chronicles, Part Seven: Me & IPV

I‘ve made it my ongoing–and fervent–mission to continue to shine a bright light on a certain demoralizing, insidious and horrific cycle of behavior that continues to be a growing concern within the LGBTQ Community.  This is Part Seven of an ongoing series that will address this potentially life-threatening cycle of abuse.  

     As you’re aware, October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month.  And, Intimate Partner Violence and Abuse (IPV/A) is an integral part of this yearly event.

     IPV/A, generally known as domestic violence and abuse within the LGBTQ community, is more widespread than was once previously believed.  Each year, between 50,000-100,000 lesbians (or more) and as many as 500,000 (or more) gay/SGL men are battered. 

     In other words, IPV/A is no joke.

    I’m a survivor of Intimate Partner Violence and Abuse.  I’ve shared my story with the Advocate, the nation’s largest and most influential LGBTQ media source.  Visit:  https://www.advocate.com/commentary/2016/12/06/making-great-escape-abusive-relationship

     And remember:

     We Must RISE UP…And Tell! Someone.  Anyone Who Will Listen. We must make our “Great Escape.” 

     And, always remember:  the most powerful weapon the abuser has in his/her arsenal is…SILENCE. 

     If you or someone you know is experiencing IPV/A, call The National Domestic Violence Hotline (1-800-799-7233) or the Gay Men’s Domestic Violence Project Hotline (1-800-832-1901). 

     I have a special IPV/A section right here at Wyattevans.com that includes resources to assist victims.  Visit:  http://wyattevans.com/lgbtq-domestic-violenceabuse-making-your-great-escape/

     The time to break the cycle is NOW!

October, Domestic Violence Awareness Month

     It’s official!  It’s purple month.
   
     Now, you may ask: “’ Purple month’?  What the heck are ya talkin’ about?” 
 
    Well, let me to explain.  You see, we wear purple—actually, a purple ribbon—as a symbol used to honor victims and survivors of domestic and sexual violence/abuse, which is generally referred to as Intimate Partner Violence and Abuse (IPV/A) in the LGBTQ community.  And, October has been designated as national Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM).
 
     During DVAM, survivors of abuse, their loved ones, victim advocates, allied professionals, and the community come together to mourn the lives lost to domestic violence and Intimate Partner Violence/Abuse.  Also, the progress that has been made to end this epidemic is acknowledged and celebrated.  And so importantly, DVAM provides a golden opportunity to connect with others working to create change.
 
     In support of this critical awareness initiative, “The IPV/A Chronicles” will feature articles throughout the month of October.  It’s my continuing effort to shine a bright light on this demoralizing and potentially life-threatening cycle of abusive behavior.  Intimate Partner Violence/Domestic Violence is a grave and pressing societal ill that can—and must be—eradicated.
 
     So, stay tuned right here at Wyattevans.com!  ‘Cause it’s all about The Purple.
Man standing over another man who is crying - domestic violence

It’s Purple Month!

     In my continuing recognition of October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month, I’m presenting my Huffington Post article on how this special observance came to be.  It’s a fascinating and moving unfolding and evolution of events.  Visit:  www.huffingtonpost.com/wyatt- obrian-evans/its-purple-month_ b_4054859.html