October: Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Domestic abuse may seem like a far-fetched myth, something that could never personally affect you, your friends, or any other individuals in your community. However, according to recent research, it is possible that someone you know has been a victim of abuse. Avon Foundation released a study showing that 1 in 2 Americans know a victim of domestic violence and that 54 million Americans report they have been a victim.*

Violence is far too common, and it is likely that someone you know has been personally impacted by the traumas associated with abuse. Although 80% of Americans believe it is a problem in our society, only 15% think it is a problem among their friends.* 252,288 cases of domestic violence were reported in Tennessee alone from 2010-2012. **

Chattanooga’s victims can look to Partnership for Families, Children and Adults for a sense of comfort, support, and guidance. Partnership’s Family Violence Center provides shelter to victims and their loved ones, families, and individuals who are in crisis and need help. The center’s staff of supportive professionals offers counseling, court advocacy and assistance with legal matters.

Idalia, a survivor of domestic violence, reached out to Partnership after she left her abuser. She found shelter at Partnership’s Domestic Violence Center where she was provided with counseling, job training and legal assistance. Thanks to Partnership programs, Idalia is now living safely and independently.

 

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Despite success stories like Idalia’s, domestic violence is still a growing problem in our society. Here’s how you can help to shed light on domestic violence issues throughout October:

  1. Share Partnership’s 24/7 crisis hotline on social media. You could be offering someone in need the opportunity to seek help: 423.755.2700
  2. Attend a domestic violence awareness event in your community. Partnership is hosting the Pints for Peace event on October 10 from 6-9 p.m. at SturmHaus Beer Market on 1120 Houston St.
    Proceeds will benefit Partnership’s Domestic Violence Shelter.
  3. Participate in a Take Back the Night event. Chattanooga’s will be held on October 23 at 7 p.m. at UTC’S Oak Street Amphitheater. Guest speaker Katie Hnida will tell her survival story before we march through the Historic Fortwood District to chant and raise awareness on domestic violence. Jessica Cookston, local survivor, will then lead a candlelight vigil to remember those who have been victims of violence.
  4. Talk with your families and friends about the dangers of domestic abuse. Spread awareness with facts, statistics and success stories. Reach out to those you know who are in need.
  5. Make a donation to a shelter or crisis center in honor of a victim of domestic violence you may know personally.

 

More information can be found at Partnershipfca.com.

 

About Partnership: Partnership is a community impact agency that has been empowering people to build better lives through counseling, crisis intervention, prevention and education programs for over 130 years. Last year, our services touched the lives of over 75,000 people in Tennessee, Georgia and Alabama. Partnership is a United Way Member Agency and is accredited by the National Council on Accreditation.

http://nomore.org/nomorestudy/*

http://www.tbi.tn.gov/tn_crime_stats/documents/DomesticViolenceinTN2010-2012final.pdf**

Posted: September 13, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

The UTC Women’s Center and Partnership for Families, Children, and Adults present Chattanooga’s Take Back the Night, an event to spread awareness on sexual assault and stop sexual violence. On October 23, 2013, supporters will gather for a march, candlelight vigil, and presentation by sexual assault survivor, Katie Hnida.

Katie Hnida is the first woman to play and score in an NCAA Division I football game. A Colorado native, Katie grew up with a passion for sports, football especially, and pursued her dream of playing in college while at the University of Colorado and the University of New Mexico. While in college, Hnida was a victim of sexual assault and later became a professional speaker on the subject, helping to spread awareness on sexual violence and rape.

Tabling by student groups and community organizations in Heritage Plaza on UTC’s campus will be from 11-7 PM, followed by speaker Katie Hnida’s presentation. At 7:30 PM, a march through Fortwood District to take a stance on sexual assault and domestic violence will commence, followed by a candlelight vigil in the Oak Street Amphitheatre at 8 PM. This event is free and open for all to enjoy and partake.

In addition to this event, we are also working towards raising funds for Partnership’s Rape Crisis Center. Donations go towards benefiting victims of sexual assault by providing examinations and funding events necessary to spread awareness. Every rape kit costs nearly $2000, including lab fees and equipment necessary for the proper examination. Donations will also aid in forensic examinations. Please help victims reclaim their voices and take action in ending sexual violence through a donation today. We need your support!

http://www.causeway.org/takebackthenight

Why Take Back the Night?

 A woman walks alone down a dark, deserted street. With every shadow she sees, and every sound she

hears, her pounding heart flutters and skips a beat. She hurries her pace as she sees her destination

become closer. She is almost there. She reaches the front door, goes inside, collects herself, and moves

on forgetting, at least for tonight, the gripping fear that momentarily enveloped her life. This scene

could have occurred anywhere last night, last year, or even 100 years ago. Historically, women faced

the anxiety of walking alone at night and that is why Take Back the Night began.

 

Domestic Violence Facts:

•One in every four women will experience domestic violence in her lifetime

•An estimated 1.3 million women are victims of physical assault by an intimate partner each year

•Females between the ages of 20-24 are the most likely victims of domestic violence

•Almost one-third of female homicide victims that are reported in police records are killed by an intimate partner

 

Sexual Assault Facts:

•1 out of 6 American women have been victims of attempted or completed rape in their lifetime. (14.8% completed rape; 2.8% attempted rape.)

•17.7 million American women have been victims of attempted or completed rape

•Victims of rape are 3 times more likely to suffer from depression.

* http://takebackthenight.org/sites/all/themes/tbtn/resources/TBTNEventGuidebook.pdf

Take Back the Night 2013

Join Partnership and UTC Women’s Center to Take Back the Night on October 23, 2013 at 6:30 p.m. on UTC campus. Katie Hnida, the first woman to play in a NCAA Division I football game, will tell her survival story of sexual assault and advocate for an end to violence. We will then proceed on a march through the Fortwood neighborhood to create a unified stance against domestic violence and sexual assault. A candlelight vigil with follow to honor all victims and celebrate survivors.

Stay tuned! We will update with more specifics on the exact location on UTC campus.

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You Want to Help DV Victims…..

Posted: October 13, 2011 in Uncategorized

…Sew?

If you know you’re way around a needle and thread, then these projects will be a breeze.

You can make a personal care kit, fleece throw blanket, or baby grab ball.

The personal care kit featured above is a great service project for a church group, school group, or girl scout project. Fill with personal care items women and children can use in the Family Violence Center’s shelter. Your craft will be a special gift to a family battling domestic violence, and will help our program save money on these items.

If you decide to get crafty and create any of these gift items, you can deliver them to Partnership’s office at 1800 McCallie Avenue in Chattanooga. Questions? Email info@partnershipfca.com.

Remember My Name,  a ceremony to bring awareness to the victims of Domestic Violence, will be held on October 15, 2012 at 12:00 p.m. at the Hamilton County/Chattanooga Courts Building.  In the ceremony, that kicks off Partnership’s month long Domestic Violence Awareness campaign “Stop Violence Give Hope”, Mayor Jim Coppinger, will proclaim October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month and will read the names of victims that have lost their lives to domestic violence. Kathy C., a survivor of domestic violence, will tell her story of the horrors of living with an abuser, and the courage it took to leave. The ceremony will honor, and pay tribute to victims and survivors of domestic violence.

For more information, email info@partnershipfca.com.

Domestic Violence Kills

Posted: September 28, 2011 in Uncategorized

96 domestic violence deaths were reported in Tennessee in 2011. Stop Violence Give Hope.

One death caused by domestic violence is one too many. Tennessee is ranked fifth in the country for having the highest number of women killed by men – and 63% of the perpetrators were intimate partners. It doesn’t have to be that way. Many victims of domestic violence never dream their abuser will go so far as to murder them. But it happens. Several other victims know their abuser is capable of murder, but do not know where to turn.

Partnership’s Family Violence Center is getting the word out this month of October. You can help us. Check out our How You Can Help page for information on how to Get Involved. Or call (423) 697-3829 to learn more.

Domestic violence is all about power and control. It is important to understand each of the elements to help identify an unhealthy relationship and possible abuse. The ‘power and control wheel’ is a common tool used in the domestic violence advocacy field to explain how an abuser abuses their victim.

Download the Power and Control Wheel.

Andrea is no longer a victim of domestic violence and rape. She is a survivor. Visit Partnership’s website and look for the icon below to hear her story.

24-Hour Hotline Offers Hope

Posted: September 2, 2011 in Uncategorized

Victims of domestic violence and their concerned friends and family members can access free, confidential help 24 hours a day thanks to Partnership’s 24-hour hotline.The number to call is 755-2700.

The hotline is staffed by trained volunteers who can discuss the topics of safety, leaving an abuser, accessing resources and many more. All calls are completely confidential and can be placed at any hour of the day or night.