“1 in 3 women and 1 in 4 men experience intimate partner physical violence, intimate partner sexual violence, and/or intimate partner stalking in their lifetime.”
— The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence
Domestic Violence Awareness Month
October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. The origins of this month date back to October 1981, when the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence created a “Day of Unity” to advocate against violence toward women and children. By 1987, this day of awareness expanded into a month and by 1989 was recognized by Congress as National Domestic Violence Awareness Month.
At New Direction Family Law, we have seen the terrible impact that domestic violence can have on its victims, the physical and emotional trauma, the struggle to stay or get away, the emotional detriment on children, and at its worst, situations that end in death. Domestic violence awareness is important, and as individuals and as a community, we have a duty to stay awake when it comes to domestic violence. If you see something or know something, don’t ignore it; instead, call or read the resources from the organizations listed below and seek advice.
Further, we would encourage you to donate money or get involved by volunteering for one of the following organizations.
The following local organizations provide domestic violence crisis intervention, emergency shelters, counseling, and advocacy to victims and survivors. Each organization relies on grants and donations to operate, and their websites provide information about donating and/or volunteering your time.
Wake County — Interact
Johnston County — Harbor, Inc
Lee County — HAVEN (Helping Abuse & Violence End Now)
Harnett County — SAFE of Harnett County
Cumberland County — CARE- Family Domestic Violence Program
Website: CARE Web Site
Nash County — My Sister’s House
Granville County — Families Living Violence Free
Franklin County — Safe Space
Durham County — Durham Crisis Response Center
Calendar of Domestic Violence Awareness Events for October
- October 5th
The Empty Chair Event — This fundraising event recognizes the lives lost to domestic violence each year.
Nash County — My Sister’s House; http://www.mshnc.org
- October 14th
Walk the Park in her Shoes, Stepping Out Against Domestic Violence: Walk and Fun Run 5k
Johnston County — Harbor, Inc; harborshelter.org
- October 14th
Shagging Pig Festival — This is a festival featuring dinner and dancing with all proceeds benefitting Families Living Violence Free.
Granville County — Families Living Violence Free; http://flvf.org
- October 26th Candlelight Vigil
- October 31st March Against Violence
Franklin County — Safe Space; www.ncsafespace.org
Let New Direction Family Law Assist You
At New Direction Family Law, we support all efforts to end domestic violence. If you are in need of legal protection from domestic violence, contact us. The team at New Direction Family Law has two decades of combined legal experience and will provide you with compassionate, discreet legal advice. We serve Wake, Johnston, Lee, Harnett, Cumberland, Nash, Granville, Franklin, and Durham counties. Contact our team today at (919) 719-3470 to schedule an appointment, or visit us at our website.
Sarah J. Hink
New Direction Family Law