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National Domestic Violence Awareness Month

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October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, when DVCC will join agencies and organizations across the country to focus attention on the horrific toll domestic violence takes on victims and their families, provide information on where to go for help, and offer education and information aimed at preventing future violence.

The national statistics paint a grim picture: nearly one in four women experiences violence by an intimate partner; on average, more than three women a day are murdered by their husbands or boyfriends; 15.5 million children live in families in which partner violence occurred at least once in the past year, and seven million children live in families in which severe partner violence occurred; one in three teenage girls is a victim of physical, verbal or emotional abuse from a dating partner.

Individual faces and voices add dimension to the picture and make it horrifyingly real: the woman in our SafeHouse who lost her eye after her boyfriend punctured it with a curtain rod; the client who was terrified her husband would abduct her children and flee the country if she let them leave the SafeHouse to go to school; the neighbor who slowly removed valuable items from her home so her husband wouldn't destroy them when he found out she was filing for divorce, and then left town the day the papers were served so that he couldn't harm her either; the silent child who finally began to speak and interact with counselors after accompanying his abused mother to counseling groups for several months; the young woman, isolated from family and friends and hospitalized with a collapsed lung, with only DVCC advocates to support and advocate for her.

These individuals were among the more than 3,400 people who directly benefitted from DVCC services last year and the 340 women and children who spent part of the year living in our SafeHouses. Imagine all those other faces and voices. Imagine the stories not told.

DVCC is fortunate and grateful to have support from individuals and organizations across Fairfield County, including the Domestic Violence Task Forces and Partnerships in five of the communities we serve. During October, the members who make up these organizations, along with DVCC Teen PeaceWorks groups in the high schools, will be out in full force blanketing their communities with information about domestic violence, dating violence, and the services provided by DVCC. The following is a calendar of some of their October events and activities. 

 

CALENDAR OF OCTOBER DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AWARENESS MONTH EVENTS

 

Sept. 29 at 1:30 p.m.: Wings of Hope Butterfly Release in Wilton Town Center near the Gazebo, sponsored by the Wilton Domestic Violence Task Force.

 

Sept. 29: Wilton Teen PeaceWorks will decorate the High School and begin their awareness raising activities that will run during the first week of October.

 

Oct. 2 at 9:30 a.m.: Domestic Violence Proclamation at the entrance to New Canaan High School. New Canaan activities are sponsored by the New Canaan Domestic Violence Partnership and New Canaan Department of Health & Human Services.

 

Oct. 5 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.: Weston Community Event to "celebrate the strength of hope and possibility of new beginnings" sponsored by the Weston Domestic Violence Task Force at Lachat Farm, 106 Godfrey Road West. Children's crafts (create butterflies to decorate the SafeHouses), face painting, baked goods, music, poetry reading and Giving Tree to benefit DVCC SafeHouses.

 

Oct. 6 at 1:30 p.m.: Wings of Hope Butterfly Release at the Darien Nature Center, sponsored by the Darien Domestic Abuse Partnership. 116 butterflies, each representing a domestic violence call received by the Darien Police Department over the past year, will be released. Domestic Violence Proclamations will be read and refreshments will be served.

 

Oct, 4, 11, 18, and 25: Purple Fridays at New Canaan High School. Representative students from the High School will wear purple on Fridays and encourage friends to do the same. Students and adults are encouraged to visit the information table and participate in DV awareness activities at the table during lunch time.

 

Oct. 8 at 9 a.m.: Domestic Violence Proclamation at Wilton Town Hall.

 

Oct. 10 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.: Wilton's Open House Gift Shop holds its annual fundraiser to benefit DVCC. A percentage of the day's proceeds go to support the agency.

 

Other activities include: 

  • Darien Partnership and Wilton Task Force hang purple ribbons throughout their towns
  • SACK Domestic Violence Homecoming Campaign at Darien High School
  • Anti-Bullying Pledge during lunch times at Saxe Middle School in New Canaan
  • Domestic Violence Awareness event at New Canaan Train Station
  • Purple Flower Friday in Town event in New Canaan

 

Oct. 19 at 7:30 p.m. Denim & Diamonds! An Evening to Support and Sustain the Work of the DVCC at Hotel Zero Degrees in Norwalk. For tickets and information, please click on the invitation below or contact Laura Campbell at 203-588-9100 or lcampbell@dvccct.org