Published: Thu, October 05, 2017
Industry | By Dora Warner

Raising awareness for domestic violence

Raising awareness for domestic violence

The Center for Family Justice, with the support of Easton community leaders and law enforcement, has scheduled a vigil to mark the observance of Domestic Violence Awareness Month for Wednesday, Oct. 11.

"Education and awareness, that's what Domestic Violence Awareness Month is about and that's what DVLN is about", Kehs added. "We're just trying to reach out to the community and let them know there's help out here for domestic violence survivors".

"Domestic violence is everybody's business, and we must all support efforts to end abuse".

There are no trucks of supplies pouring in for these victims of domestic violence, no FEMA offices being set up, no Cajun Navy boats showing up to help.

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Domestic Violence is a national issue and is defined as a pattern of coercive behavior that is culturally learned and socially condoned.

The Lucas County Domestic Violence Task Force is on a mission to get people talking. Last year, HCWC served 1,872 victims of abuse (face-to-face) from Hays and Caldwell Counties.

"The significance for the Women's Center is that it's one of our main focuses". Police officers who see the effects of domestic violence on men, women and children in their work every day are keenly aware of its negative consequences.

"Getting people to the finish line so that the protection is there that they so desperately need", Kehs said.

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Domestic violence is commonly viewed as physical abuse, but the NCADV says it also includes "name-calling, threats, possessiveness or distrust", all of which the abuser may apologize for and say he or she is doing them "out of love or care".

Advice was offered to parents and male family members by John Haycook, director of women's Aid Services.

DeWitt said because of her domestic violence experience she now helps others who have been in her shoes.

Angela Lee, a survivor of domestic violence, spoke at the event.

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This vigil, which will be held at 6 the Monroe Town Hall gazebo, will honor those who have been impacted by intimate partner violence, raise awareness and inspire hope that the cycle of violence can be broken.

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