October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month
By Steve McRee
At Shepherd’s Gate, we understand the toll that domestic violence takes on vulnerable women and children here in our community. In fact, more than half of the women and children who come to us for shelter are homeless because they are fleeing abuse in the home. No woman deserves to be abused!
One of the most helpful things you can do, besides giving generously to support the women and children who come to us for care, is to learn about domestic violence. How does it impact women and children? What are the barriers to seeking out help? What keeps families trapped in the cycle of violence and pain?
As you learn, please talk about what you see with others. Raising awareness helps reduce the stigma of abuse — increasing the chances that a suffering woman or child will seek help, and also increasing the chances that they will receive the loving support they need when they reach out for help.
What has been the most surprising thing you’ve learned about domestic violence? Feel free to share in the comments section below — others will benefit from you sharing what you know. Thank you for your support!
Photo Credit: Hibr