Lynne A. Valenti
Cabinet Secretary

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October 16, 2012

October Is Domestic Violence Awareness Month
DSS offers support services to victims of abuse

PIERRE, S.D. – October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month across the nation and a time to support the campaign against domestic violence and abuse.

“Many South Dakotans are affected by domestic violence, regardless of age, education or race,” said Kim Malsam-Rysdon, secretary of the Department of Social Services. “It is important for individuals to understand the signs of abuse, so victims can get the help they need.”

The South Dakota Domestic Abuse Program funds 27 shelters across the state for victims of abuse. Shelter programs offer many services, including 24-hour crisis lines, transportation, immediate and safe shelter, food, clothing, counseling and information, and referrals to other services victims may need.

Congress passed the first Domestic Violence Awareness Month commemorative legislation in 1989. National, statewide, and community-based domestic violence prevention and victim service organizations mark this month with recognition ceremonies, memorial activities, public education campaigns and community outreach events.

To locate your local service provider visit http://dss.sd.gov/keyresources/victimservices/domesticabuse/ or call one of the hotline numbers listed below.

Domestic Abuse Hotline Numbers:

  • South Dakota Domestic Abuse Hotline: 1-800-430-SAFE
  • National Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-800-799-SAFE
  • Hearing Impaired: 1-800-787-3224

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