October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month

The month of October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Designated by Congress in 1989, it was sanctioned by the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence with the intent to connect advocates across the nation who are working to end domestic violence by remembering those who have died, celebrating survivors and creating awareness to end the cycle of violence.

“Domestic Violence is a crime that occurs way too often in our community and in our society, but unlike some other crimes, there continues to be a huge stigma of shame, embarrassment and guilt that surrounds it.” said Linda Wilk, director of Hands of Hope. “The best way to rid stigma attached to domestic violence, is to talk about it. The more those suffering from domestic violence, see that people care, support and believe them, the more a victim will be likely to share their situation and seek the assistance they need. If we continue to let domestic violence be shrouded in the shadows, the more the violence will continue.”

Put The Nail In It!

Paint your left ring fingernail purple to show the world your vow to end domestic violence. A painted nail is an easy and empowering way for anyone – women, men and even children – to start a conversation about domestic violence and shatter the silence that so often allows it to thrive.Post a photo of your purple nail on social media and #PutTheNailinIt and tag Hands of Hope or Family Service Society, Inc. on the photo. Be sure to like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter to see all the updates on these events and how DV Awareness is making making a big difference in our community. Learn more about Put a Nail in It by clicking here.

For more information on this awesome domestic violence awareness movement visit the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence’s  page by clicking here