October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM). Domestic violence can happen to anyone regardless of race, age, sexual orientation, religion, or gender. It affects people of all socioeconomic backgrounds and education levels.
How common is it?
- In 2018, Family Services sheltered 85 adults and 107 children at Karen’s House.
- In 2018, Family Services responded to 425 crisis calls.
- 1 in 4 women (24.3%) and 1 in 7 men (13.8%) aged 18 and older in the United States have been the victim of severe physical violence by an intimate partner in their lifetime.
- 1 in 15 children are exposed to intimate partner violence each year, and 90% of these children are eyewitnesses to this violence.
We invite you to join us in our efforts to spread awareness about domestic violence in our community and help raise critical support for local services.
Dine for DVAM
Participating restaurants will be hosting fundraising nights to benefit Family Services' work with domestic violence survivors and their children. Just bring either a paper or digital copy of the flyer of the participating restaurant.
- Thursday, October 10th: Panada Express (Mooney location) 9:30am-10pm | Download flyer here.
- Thursday, October 17th: Panera Bread 4:00pm-8:00pm | Download flyer here.
- Thursday, October 24th: Blaze Pizza 4:00pm-9:00pm | Download flyer here.
In recognition of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, Family Services invites you to participate in Purple Thursday on October 24th! Wear purple to show your support for survivors of domestic violence.
On Purple Thursday, take a photo and share it on social media using #PurpleThursday and a reason why raising awareness about domestic violence is important to you. Tag @familyservicestc and we might share your post!