2013-10-10 / Local & State

Oct. Is Domestic Violence Awareness Month

SPECIAL TO THE NEWS

October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Domestic violence is a pattern of coercive behavior in which one person attempts to control another using threats or tactics, which may include the following: intimidation, emotional abuse, isolation, blaming, economic abuse, using the children, physical abuse, and sexual abuse. There is no typical victim or perpetrator. Anyone can be battered regardless of age, religion, race, nationality, sexual orientation, educational background, or income level. It affects your self-image, your health, your thought process and even your children.

Last year Women In Need provided services for more than 1,700 men, women and children in Franklin and Fulton counties. These services include 24-hour hotline, counseling, support groups, shelter, safety planning, prevention education, and medical and legal advocacy. All services are free and confidential.

Did You Know?

WIN works with three area colleges to provide prevention education programs

WIN has one office in Fulton County, and four offices, as well as a shelter, in Franklin County

WIN partners with two local police departments to assess the lethality of domestic violence calls

WIN volunteers contributed over 8,000 hours of service this year

WIN has provided services to the community for over 38 years

WIN Victim Witness Advocates assisted 1,014 victims of personal injury crimes last year

WIN has nine support groups that offer services to victims and significant others affected by violence

WIN hosted the first Walk A Mile in Her Shoes this year, drawing 130 walkers

Domestic violence plagues our community, causing untold hurt, permanent scars and even death. This month and every day this year please join Women In Need in supporting victims and raising awareness.

WIN has planned multiple events for Domestic Violence Awareness Month. We will have tables in various locations throughout the community handing out information, and answering questions. Artwork made by survivors of domestic violence will be on display at the Fulton County Library. Local coffee shops will be displaying domestic violence awareness posters and using cup sleeves printed with different statistics about local domestic violence issues. We will also be partnering with universities and schools in the area to provide prevention education programs and awareness activities. For more information please call 1-800-621- 6660.

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