October Is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month
October 1, 2010
Jill Donnenwirth, director of shelter services for The Domestic Violence Shelter said the goal is to raise awareness about domestic violence and to help those victims escape abuse. She said this year’s theme is Paint It Purple.
Community leaders, members and law enforcement officials gathered at the Central Park Gazebo Friday in downtown Mansfield to kick-off National Domestic Violence Awareness Month.
Jill Donnenwirth, director of shelter services for The Domestic Violence Shelter said the goal is to raise awareness about domestic violence and to help those victims escape abuse. She said this year’s theme is “Paint It Purple.”
Donnewirth said unfortunately domestic violence does exist in Richland County. She said domestic violence is an issue that many people don’t want to talk about. She said its a difficult issue to understand. She said the community must be aware that there are domestic violence victims in Richland County who are fighting everyday for their lives to survive.
She said it takes a community to help the victims, not just social service agencies, domestic violence shelters or law enforcement.
Participants at the kick-off signed a purple poster in observance of the month. Donnenwirth said The Domestic Violence Shelter also sold 2,000 purple frosted cupcakes to different agencies in Richland County in support of the event. Donnewirth is encouraging everyone to wear purple during the month long observance.
According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, one in every four women will experience domestic violence in her lifetime. One in 33 men have experienced an attempted or completed rape. An estimated 1.3 million women are victims of physical assault by an intimate partner each year.
In Ohio in 2006: 20,608 domestic violence cases were filed, 135,645 people received domestic violence services, 10,484 domestic violence victims received shelter, 34,027 arrests were made under Ohio’s domestic violence statue and 345 deaths occurred as a result of domestic violence.
The Domestic Violence Shelter serves victims in Richland, Ashland and Huron Counties. If you are a victim of domestic violence and need help contact The Domestic Violence Shelter at 419-774-5840 or call 1-800-931-SAFE (7233).