Domestic Violence Awareness Month
October 17, 2012
October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Domestic violence comes in many forms; it can be physical, emotional, sexual, or psychological. Anyone, anywhere, regardless of age, race, religion, or gender, can be affected by domestic violence. Domestic violence is about power and control over another. It is one person using his or her actions to gain power or control over another. Sometimes, it is difficult to recognize the abuse--it isn't as easy as spotting a black eye or a broken arm--but the terror, the fear, and the loss of self-worth are still there.
It is important to know the resources available to get help if or when you might need it. One in three women will experience domestic violence in their lifetime. Young people ages 16-24 are most likely to experience intimate partner violence. Though it can be difficult to come forward when someone you care about is hurting you or a loved one, having the right resources available can help and provide hope. Locally, the Hope House, the Rose Brooks Center, and SafeHome (KS) can help. Every MCPL location, in partnership with Synergy Services, is a "Safe Place." A "Safe Place" is a designated place where teens in crisis can go for help. Stand up to break the circle of violence.
Honor someone you know that has been a victim of domestic violence. Stand up against domestic violence this month by wearing purple on Wednesdays and/or wearing a purple ribbon any day.
Red Bridge Branch