Graphic By: WMS Photography While reading all of the commentary about professional athletes and abuse, it was kind of appalling to think that people across the nation were beginning to only see domestic violence as an issue associated only with abnormally big men who happen to hit people for a living. Think again. It is one thing to give all of the stats (like the one above) it is another to know that an estimated three women die each day because a "loved one" could not control their rage. It's far worse to realize that in the land of the free, domestic violence is almost as American as Apple Pie. Don't believe me? Click here.

As we continue to shine light on Domestic Violence Awareness Month, I think it's important to remember that DV is far more than physical. As the Purple Purse Campaign purports, domestic violence is also withholding money or limiting financial freedom. It is verbal assault. Domestic violence is hindering access to family and social circles. Intimacy partner violence involves humiliating the victim. It is harassing people via social media, texting, phone calls or emails. Domestic violence or intimate partner violence can be a physical, mental, financial, emotional, sexual or psychological act. Domestic violence is the schoolyard bully.

Join us to help change the facts and make a difference for victims of domestic violence.

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What can you do now?

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• Follow us on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram, to view and share our #ChicksForChange actions for the month of October.

• Rock out in purple, shawty! Purple is the color of Domestic Violence Awareness Month!  During the month of October, use your flair for fashion (or the purple pieces in your closet) as  a way to #SpreadThePurple. Be sure to mention our social media profiles or use the hashtags, #ChicksForChange #SpreadThePurple, to make certain we see you in these e-streets!

• Buy beauty! Grab a beauty find (or 6) from #CNK beauty Crissy Henderson’s online shop!  This month you’ll receive $5.00 her Willow Grace Beauty Lip Plump using the promo code ‘VOICEUP’.  

• Change your profile!  Our friends at CalVCP have brought amazing images for you to spread the word!  Change your Facebook Cover Photo, swap out your Twitter Header, spread the word with a profile photo, or simply share a fact. It’s up to you!

• Hashtag Away! #DVAM2014 #ChicksNKicks #ChicksForChange #SpreadThePurple . Got em? Good!