Domestic Violence Awareness Month is getting some attention from a group of teenage football players.
The Oxbridge Academy football team added purple ribbon-shaped stickers to their helmets to call attention to the issue of domestic violence during the month of October.
According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV), one in three women and one in four men have been physically abused by an intimate partner.
Domestic violence accounts for 15 percent of all violent crime.
NCADV says it is important for victims to remember they are not responsible for being abused, and it’s possible to escape. The process of leaving an abuser can be the most dangerous time in the relationship, experts say.
To find help in your area, visit https://www.womenshelters.org to find women’s shelters in your area or call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-7233(SAFE) or 1-800-787-3224 (TTY).
You can also dial the county help line at 211 in Palm Beach County.