Everybody knows America has gotten a little silly about assigning special observances to days, weeks and even entire months. Did you know October is National Apple Month, National Pizza Month and National Toilet Tank Repair Month?But here’s a deadly serious one: October is also domestic violence awareness month.How serious? According to the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence, an average of three women are killed by a current or former partner in the United States each day. According to Washington state, there were 28 domestic violence homicides in Clark County from 1997 to 2009 — and 14 abuser suicides.“We’re right around the national average,” said Debra Adams, director of the YWCA Clark County’s SafeChoice program. “We handle 50,000 calls per year related to domestic violence.” She said the local SafeChoice shelter hosts around 300 women and children fleeing domestic violence per year.SafeChoice combats domestic violence through education, advocacy and growing partnerships, Adams said. Given the way the economic climate has curtailed social service budgets including the Y’s, she said, agency collaborations have never been more crucial.“Because we’re the only domestic violence agency in the whole county,” she said, “and because even our own agency budget been impacted, we are asking community partners to step up and work with us. We want to do a lot of cross training.” That means police, teachers, social service providers, church leaders — anyone who can help.