Did you know that 1 in 4 women and 1 in 7 men 18 or older have been the victim of several physical violence by an intimate partner in their lifetime? 

We’re all affected by the issue of domestic violence. Domestic violence (also referred to as intimate partner violence or relationship abuse) is a pattern of behaviors used by one partner to maintain power and control over another partner in an intimate relationship. 

Domestic violence doesn’t discriminate. People of any race, age, gender, sexuality, religion, education level, or economic status can be a victim — or perpetrator — of domestic violence. That includes behaviors that physically harm, intimidate, manipulate or control a partner, or otherwise force them to behave in ways they don’t want to, including through physical violence, threats, emotional abuse, or financial control. 

That why this October, Extending Smiles by debi lilly design™ is partnering with the National Domestic Violence Hotline (The Hotline). For 25 years, The Hotline has answered the call – over 5.5 million conversations to date – for those affected by relationship abuse. The only 24/7/365 national service provider offering services via call, chat, and text, we work to shine a light on the hidden epidemic of domestic violence.   

If you or someone you know needs support, please call The Hotline at 1-800-799-SAFE or visit www.thehotline.org  

Interested in empowering survivors of domestic violence? Get your Extending Smiles bouquet at your favorite Albertsons Companies Stores.