October Is Domestic Violence Awareness Month

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. This is a topic that hits close to home for millions of American families but one that most of us aren’t comfortable discussing. Our friends at The Lighthouse Domestic Violence Shelter in Fairfield County have asked VCNB employees to shine a light on these crimes by wearing purple on October 16. Our employees will wear purple and are invited to donate $5 to The Lighthouse so that they can wear jeans that day as well.

An average of 24 people per minute are victims of rape, physical violence or stalking by an intimate partner in the United States. That’s more than 12 million women and men over the course of a single year, according to the National Domestic Violence Hotline.

Here at VCNB, we are concerned for the safety of all people who are victims of abuse. The fact that so many Americans, so many of our neighbors, live in fear of their own partner is unacceptable. We have seen first-hand the struggles of too many women and men in abusive relationships and were devastated last year by the senseless murder of a former employee.

Life with an abuser is a lonely one and it is scary. An abuser is a bully who normalizes abuse and terminates their victim’s relationships with loved ones. They use ongoing verbal abuse to devastate their self-esteem, making them believe that they deserve to be abused. They make sure their victims have no resources of their own by denying them opportunities to work or to have their own money.

Leaving this untenable situation seems impossible but there are organizations with staff and resources that will provide vital support to them leave this dangerous situation.

If you are someone you love is in an abusive relationship, there are local shelters as well as a national hotline that you can turn to for help. Each county’s domestic violence organization is different with some offering everything from emergency shelter to victim advocacy to safety plans.

When you’re ready, here are some of the resources available in the counties where we have branches.

Fairfield
The Lighthouse
Lancaster
740.687.4423
www.lancasterlh.org/

Franklin
CHOICES
Columbus
614.224.4663
www.choicesdvcols.org

Hocking
My Sister’s Place
Athens
800.443.3402
www.mspathens.org/

Jackson
Serenity House
Gallipolis
800.942.9577
www.serenityhouseinc.weebly.com/

Licking
Center for New Beginnings
Newark
800.686.2760
www.thewoodland.org

Pickaway
Haven House of Pickaway County
Circleville
740.477.9113
www.havenhouse1180.com

Ross
Ross County Coalition Against DV
Chillicothe
Crisis Line 866.828.2273
www.facebook.com/RossCountyCoalitionAgainstDomesticViolence/

Vinton
Shepherd’s House
McArthur
740.596.9271
www.facebook.com/Shepherds-House-196460857034200/

Nationwide
National Domestic Violence Hotline
800.799.SAFE
www.thehotline.com

Local Coalition Observes Domestic Violence Awareness Month

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According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, one in three women and one in four men will be victims of some form of physical violence by an intimate partner within their lifetime. These statistics are overwhelming.  This is why we are highlighting the fact that October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

One group that tries to combat this widespread problem is The Ross County Coalition Against Domestic Violence.  The Ross County Coalition Against Domestic Violence serves women, men, and children who are victims of domestic violence and other violent crimes in Ross County.  In 2015 they assisted 390 new clients through their services in crisis intervention, safety planning, case management, protection order, advocacy, and safe shelter.

Their shelter, Phoenix House, is a 24/7 safe house for victims of domestic violence so that their clients can remain safe away from their abusers.  In 2015 the Phoenix House provided shelter to one hundred adults and children.  The numbers for 2016 are on track to serve about the same.  The Director of the coalition, Mandy Sullivan-Dyke says, “we are here to serve the community whether they are involved or someone they know is involved, we are here to give advice to help them get out of their situation.”

Are you interested in supporting this organization?  Check out the upcoming events in Ross County.

Candlelight Vigil to remember victims of domestic violence
October 20, 2016 at 7 p.m.
Orchard Hill United Church of Christ – 105 Courtland Drive, Chillicothe

Run for Their Lives  5K Run/Walk
October 29, 2016
8 a.m. registration and race begins at 9 a.m.
Yoctangee Park – 19 Enderlin Circle, Chillicothe
Click here for tickets.

Not able to make these events?  The Ross County Coalition Against Domestic Violence accepts monetary donations as well as paper products, cleaning supplies and household goods.  Any donations can be dropped off Monday-Friday from 8-4 at their office at 62 N. Paint Street in Chillicothe.

For more information call them at 740.775.5396 or follow them on Facebook.