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.”

This October, the community will have several opportunities to show support for those, men, women and children of domestic violence who work, play and live in Grant County.  By participating in these events we bring light to the impact that domestic violence has in our community and as a whole no longer accept that domestic violence is acceptable.

Calendar of Local DV Awareness Events

  • October 3, 7PM– Mayor Jess Alumbaugh will read a proclamation at the Marion City Council meeting declaring October Domestic Violence Awareness Month in Marion.
  • October 15, 3 PM– a community prayer will be held in the band shell at Matter Park where domestic violence will be among the topics community leaders will pray about.
  • October 19– as part of the national campaign, #PurpleThursday, community members are encouraged to wear purple. Anyone who does and would like to share their photo, please post on social media sites, tag Hands of Hope and use the handle, #PurpleThursday or you may email selfies to Natasha Garinger, ngaringer@famservices.com to be added to the Hands of Hope
  • Facebook page. Businesses are encouraged to raise money for Hands of Hope on this day by asking their employees to donate money to wear purple.
  • October 22, 2-4 PM– Barnes Park dedication is a neighborhood gathering and chance to show the community the work that has been done by collaboration between city and community. The dedication is a show of how having safe spaces can reduce domestic violence and other crimes.
  • October 26, 7 PM -Hands of Hope Annual Candlelight Vigil at St. James Lutheran Church, 1206 N. Miller Ave., Marion where a survivor of domestic violence will share her story and hear the music of The Jordan Nicole Brown Band.

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