October is domestic violence awareness month. In honor of that on today's episode, we'll be discussing the impact of domestic violence on the divorce process. Did you know, on average, nearly 20 people per minute are physically abused by an intimate partner in the United States?
One in three women and one in four men have been victims of some form of physical violence by an intimate partner within their lives. On a typical day more than 20,000 phone calls are placed to domestic violence hotlines. Women between the ages of 18 and 24 are most commonly abused by an intimate partner. Domestic victimization is correlated with a higher rate of depression and suicidal behavior.
This is why today's guest is Sara Tennen. Sara is the legal director of the DC Volunteer Lawyers Project commonly known as DCVLP. She oversees the domestic violence and child advocacy program. She also leads the volunteer training and recruitment efforts.
She's a trained mediator and forensics interviewer who earned a law degree and Masters in social work from Case Western Reserve University. She also has a bachelors in psychology and women's studies from the University of Rochester. She is also a prosecutor and highly qualified to talk about today’s topic.