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.
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:
- 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
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.