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Domestic Violence Hurts Everyone
October Offers Time to Get Informed, Take Action
Mocksville, NC - Recent events in our area involving family violence bring us face to face with the reality that this issue doesn’t just happen in other places. Domestic violence is happening everywhere, every day, to women, children and, men. It even impacts unborn children when their mothers are being abused. In fact, our local families, friends, and neighbors are experiencing emotional abuse and physical violence at much higher rates than you might think.
According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (www.ncadv.org), 1 in 4 women and 1 in 7 men have been victims of severe physical violence (e.g. beating, burning, strangling) by an intimate partner in their lifetime. According to the North Carolina Council for Women and Youth Development, the number of crisis calls by domestic violence agencies statewide has been increasing steadily (112,860 in FY 2018), and the number of clients served is now at a five year high at 60,301. Females comprised 83% of victims.
Every year more than 320,000 pregnant women are abused by their partners, according to data from the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. One in six abused women first experienced violence during pregnancy. During pregnancy, physical abuse can cause miscarriage, vaginal bleeding, premature birth, low birth weight and even physical injuries to the unborn child. The aftereffects can last a lifetime.
During October, Domestic Violence Awareness Month, Davie Center for Violence Prevention has planned a variety of events focusing on Domestic Violence and Pregnancy, providing a new and challenging perspective on a serious topic that doesn’t often get discussed. The entire community - our friends, family, neighbors, victims and survivors – is invited to learn about the depth of the problem, talk about what is known and what can be done, and engage in violence prevention efforts in our community.
No one deserves to be abused. Please join one or more of the following activities as we focus on the most vulnerable of victims.
Domestic Violence Awareness Month Activities:
Throughout the month of October Davie Center for Violence Prevention (DCVP) will be holding a Gift Card Drive for small denomination ($5, $10, $15) gift cards for restaurants and $10-$15 gift cards for major gas station chains. These gift cards help DCVP provide emergency food and transportation assistance to victims and their families who are fleeing dangerous situations. Mail or drop off your donations to the DCVP office at 172 South Clement Street, Suite 2 Mocksville, NC 27028.
October 9, 2019 – A Lunch & Learn panel discussion will be held at Davie County Public Library from 12-1 pm featuring medical professionals, a victim advocate, a crisis pregnancy professional and a sexual assault nurse examiner addressing the effects of domestic violence on unborn children.
October 16, 2019 – Shari Keller will present an educational seminar focusing on elder abuse at Davie County Senior Services at 10:45 am. Please pre-register for this event by calling 336-753-6230.
October 17, 2019 – It’s Purple Thursday! Purple is the color for Domestic Violence Awareness so pull out that purple t-shirt, tie, socks or seersucker suit and wear it in support of victims/survivors. Take a pic and send it to @daviedomesticviolenceservices on Facebook!
October 17, 2019 – “Finding Jenn’s Voice” & follow-up discussion for ministers, laypersons and faith community at New Union United Methodist Church, 1869 Sheffield Road, Mocksville, NC from 6-8 pm.
October 29, 2019 – DCVP will host a domestic violence training session featuring the award-winning documentary “Finding Jenn’s Voice” from 2-4 pm at the WFBH Davie Medical Center at 329 NC Hwy. 801 N, Bermuda Run, NC. Due to limited space availability, everyone is asked to pre-register by calling 336-751-3450.
October 30, 2019 – A Lunch & Learn panel discussion will be held at Davie County Public Library from 12-1 pm featuring medical professionals, a victim advocate, a crisis pregnancy professional and a sexual assault nurse examiner addressing the effects of DV on unborn children.
Please Like and Follow Davie Center for Violence Prevention (@DavieDomesticViolenceServices) on Facebook for a complete list of events and 31 posts in 31 days highlighting current articles and facts on domestic violence.
If you or someone you know is being abused, please call the 24-hour crisis line 336-751-HELP (4357) or come by the DCVP office at 172 South Clement Street, Suite 2 Mocksville, NC Monday-Friday from 8:30 am to 5 pm. All calls are completely confidential. For more information or to register for any of the above-mentioned programs, please call 336-751-3450