October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month

October is a month when caring people conduct events across the nation to raise awareness of Domestic Violence. According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV), approximately 1.3 million women are victims of domestic violence each year. When you consider that most of the violence is not reported, the statistics for violent crimes within the home are staggering.
Although there exist countless private and government organizations who report statistical data with the objective ot raising awareness, there are few groups who provide actual support to survivors and their families. Nowhere is the need to provide support is greater than right in our own backyard!! In 2011, there were almost 3,000 reported domestic violence cases in Richmond County.  At the beginning of 2012, Georgia was ranked among the top ten states for reported domestic violence.
Fortunately, there are organizations like Safe Homes of Augusta that reach out to domestic violence survivors to provide much needed assistance. They provide confidential services for survivors, so the cycle of violence can be broken.
I have family members who are survivors of domestic violence and are blessed to still be around to tell their stories. That’s why I have made a commitment to help by any means at my disposal. We all need to do what’s necessary to educate our community, as well as, lend a helping hand with donations.
Don’t pretend you can’t help!!
Contact Safe Homes NOW!!

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