With much of the news of October surrounding the worthy cause of Breast Cancer Awareness month, many people fail to realize that the month also benefits another extremely worthy National cause. October is also National Domestic Violence Awareness month and it is important that we all do our part to raise awareness surrounding the problem. It is an issue that not only affects women and our teens but also a rising issue for men across the US.
There have been a number of events taking place surrounding and benefiting the cause.
On October 29th 2011 MBS Wellness Inc will be hosting their first annual “Removing The Mask” Domestic Violence Awareness Masquerade event in Atlanta Georgia. The Masquerade Party to take place in Atlanta, Georgia October 29th 2011 at The Defoors Center Art Gallery. This event will bring together communities, health professionals, and advocate in support of bringing an end to domestic abuse. This masquerade-themed evening is open to the public, and will feature live music, dancing, spoken word performances, food and cocktails. “Georgia is 6th in the nation for domestic violence homicides of women by men. This is an issue that must be dealt with.” stated Dr. Maiysha Clairborne who is also a child survivor of domestic violence and the founder of MBS Wellness Inc. “I am committed that the community gets the seriousness of the issue here. Domestic Violence is more than just a family tragedy, it’s a public health and safety issue. Over 127 women were killed last year alone, and those numbers are growing. This event will empower the community and connect them to the resource that can help, the GCADV. It is time that we remove the mask on domestic violence; it is not ok in any way, shape or form.” A fundraising goal of $50,000 has been set for the evening with a hearty portion of proceeds raised to directly benefit The Georgia Coalition Against Domestic Violence (GCADV). Tickets for the upcoming gala can be purchased for $50 at www.removingthemask.org . For more information on the Removing the Mask Domestic Violence Awareness event call 678-343-3139, or email [email protected] .
This past week a “Domestic Violence Prayer Breakfast” was hosted by the Alabama Coalition Against Domestic Violence and the Birmingham Police Department. Large corporate sponsor Verizon Wireless announced the establishment of the “Sergeant James Jackson Domestic Violence Advocacy Award.” The annual award, which will be accompanied by a $2,000 Verizon HopeLine grant, will be given to a non-profit organization dedicated to domestic violence awareness and prevention chosen by Sergeant Jackson, supervisor of BPD’s Special Victims Unit, each October in honor of National Domestic Violence Awareness Month.
The H.E.R. Shelter in Portsmouth, VA, is bringing Purple Night Lights to the Hampton Roads Area. To participate in Purple Night Lights, residents are encouraged to purchase a purple light bulb and display it on their porch or in their window throughout Domestic Violence Awareness Month. The initiative sends a strong and powerful message that “Domestic Violence Has No Place in Our Community.” Purple Night Lights was launched in King County, Washington in October 2007 by the Covington Domestic Violence Task Force. To get more information about holding a Purple Night Lights™ event, email Becker.
Thursday October 20th at the amphitheater at the historic depot in downtown Burlington, Senior Resident District Court Judge James Roberson and a domestic violence survivor will both speak. In addition, the names of the people who were murdered in North Carolina in the past year will be read aloud and the Karizma Dancers of the Burlington Arts Dance Academy will perform.
Though all amazing tributes and events how do we recognize the signs of Domestic Violence? How do we know when a loved one, friend, coworker, student or family member may possibly be a victim of domestic violence and is in trouble?
A few of the common warning signs include:
Injuries and Excuses:
In some cases, bruises and injuries may occur frequently and be in obvious places.
Absences from Work or School:
When severe beatings or other trauma related to violence occurs, the one being battered may take time off from his/her normal schedule
Low Self-Esteem: Some
In terms of dealing with the relationship, a sense of powerlessness and low self-esteem may exist. A battered person may believe that she could not make it on her own without her partner and that she is lucky to have him in her life.
Accusations of Having Affairs: This is a common tactic used by batterers as an attempt to isolate their partners and as an excuse for a beating.
Personality Changes: People may notice that a very outgoing person, for instance, becomes quiet and shy around his/her partner. This happens because the one being battered “walks on egg shells” when in the presence of the one who is abusive to her.
Fear of Conflict: Asserting one’s needs and desires begins to feel like a battle, and not worth the risks of losing.
Self-blame: co-worker may share a story about something that happened at home and then take all of the blame for whatever occurred.
Aggressive or Care-taking Behavior in Children: Children who live in violent homes may take that experience with them to school and to the playground.
These are basic warning signs, however an in depth list can also be found at https://www.msu.edu/~safe/facts/warning_dv.htm . For information on how to get help if you are in a Violent relationship or know of someone who is a victim of Domestic Violence contact The National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1−800−799−SAFE(7233) or visit http://www.thehotline.org/ .