Lynne A. Valenti
Cabinet Secretary

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October 24, 2013

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month
Department of Social Services 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.

“It is important for South Dakotans to understand that anyone could be affected by domestic violence, regardless of age, gender, race or education level,” said Kim Malsam-Rysdon, secretary of the Department of Social Services. “Domestic Violence Awareness Month provides an opportunity to focus on increasing awareness of the signs of abuse, so victims can get the help they need.”

The South Dakota Victims’ Services Program, within the Department of Social Services, funds 26 shelters across the state for victims of domestic 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 or call one of the hotline numbers listed below.

Domestic Abuse Hotline Numbers:

  • South Dakota Domestic Abuse Hotline: 1-800-430-SAFE (7233)
  • National Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-800-799-SAFE  (7233)
  • Hearing Impaired: 1-800-787-3224