October is recognized nationally as Domestic Violence Awareness Month. With the help of the Center for Community Health and Health Equity (CCHHE), the Brigham recognizes this month as Interpersonal Violence Awareness Month to raise the visibility of not only domestic violence but also all forms of violence and trauma that occur in communities, homes and workplaces.

Everyone has the right to feel safe from violence, but the unfortunate reality is that many people do not — and often suffer in silence. Staff from CCHHE, Southern Jamaica Plain Health Center and Brookside Community Health Center recently teamed up to help educate the public about interpersonal violence and how to receive support. View the videos in English and Spanish (below) to learn more about this urgent public health issue affecting every community.

 

While this month brings additional visibility to the topic of interpersonal violence, the CCHHE provides year-round support for survivors, their loved ones and the local community through Passageway and the Violence Recovery Program. Brigham experts also regularly host and participate in educational programs, including a recent Mass General Brigham Diversity Dialogues webcast, “Caring for Vulnerable Patients: Survivors of Interpersonal Violence and People Who Are Homeless.”

If you or someone you know is experiencing abuse, caring and confidential support is available. Contact Passageway at 617-732-8753, Monday–Friday, 8:30 a.m.–5 p.m. For evenings and weekends, please call the Brigham page operator at 617-732-6660 and ask to page the Emergency Department/on-call social worker.