October as National Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM)
One in four women will be the victim of domestic violence at some point in her lifetime, and, on average, three women are killed every day at the hands of a current or former intimate partner.
The economic downturn has had a devastating effect on local programs working to serve survivors of abuse. While a bad economy does not cause domestic violence, it can make it worse. At the same time, there are fewer options for survivors to escape. According to the 2012 Mary Kay Truth About Abuse Survey, nearly 8 out of ten domestic violence shelters nationwide reported an increase in women seeking help, while the vast majority experienced decreases in funding.
Despite tremendous challenges, domestic violence shelters served nearly 70,000 victims in one day alone, according to the latest National Network to End Domestic Violence Domestic Violence Counts. More than three out of four domestic violence survivors who sought support groups, counseling, supportive services and legal advocacy found these services to be “very helpful,” the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence and the University of Connecticut School of Social Work reported.
Over the past year, Family Crisis Resource Center provided much needed victim services to those in our community. Clients received 3,756 nights of safe housing, staff answered 3,595 hotline calls and provided nearly 600 clients counseling, advocacy and accompaniment services all at no cost to survivors.
Throughout October, communities across the country will mourn for those whose lives were taken by domestic violence, celebrate the tremendous progress victim advocates have made over the years, and connect with one another with a true sense of unity to end domestic violence.
We encourage you to consider supporting DVAM this October. Host your own awareness event, decorate your window/door/cubicle, dress in your favorite purple on Purple Thursday (Oct 24), or attend any of our events in the community! Abuse thrives only in silence --- you have the power to end domestic violence!
Family Crisis Resource Center's mission is to assist victims and survivors of intimate partner violence, rape, sexual assault, sexual abuse, child abuse, and stalking, as well as to reduce these crimes in our community.
We are here to help. If you feel you are in an abusive situation or need to know your options, call us on our 24/7 Hotline at 301-759-9244.
FCRC is a County United Way, Inc. Community Partner. Visit http:www.cuw.org/content/donate for more information on how you can support local organizations and residents.