For me and so many others this is not just about a race for the cure for both issues. This is about the conversation of breast cancer and domestic violence awareness in the month of October becoming a full conversation that impacts, encourages and educates while eradicating the SILENCE that leaves women vulnerable to both domestic violence and diseases like breast cancer.
For over 20 years, the YWCA has dedicated the third week of October to being a Week Without Violence. This year, Week Without Violence is October 14 – 20. A part of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, the mission of Week Without Violence is to mobilize people in communities across the United States to take action against all forms of violence, wherever it occurs.
Johnny Lee is the Founder of Peace@Work, an agency dedicated to the prevention of violence, in and through the workplace. Previously, he was the Workplace Violence Specialist for the State of North Carolina and the Victim Services Coordinator for the Asheville Police Department. He also provides the ePanicButton, the Threat Assessment Tool and the Rampage Report.
We are continuing our recognition of Domestic Violence Awareness Month by highlighting domestic violence services (DVS) the YWCA Central Alabama provides as well as highlighting our DVS staff members who assist in making these vital services available to our community. This month we are sharing video spotlights which feature YWCA Central Alabama staff members and their experiences as DVS providers.
Allison Dearing is Campus Coordinator with the Crisis Center’s Rape Response Program. She works with colleges and universities seeking to utilize best practices when responding to cases of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault and stalking on campus. Allison graduated from Samford University and Cumberland School of Law. She is the mother of two spirited, elementary-age sons.
For some of us, domestic violence is an issue that we learn about from other people’s stories, experiences and statistics. For many others, it is a traumatizing part of life that is hard to forget, that is hard to express to friends and family. Even more for children of young ages who might have a hard time finding the right words to express themselves, it can leave them anxious, upset or even silent.
In continuing our recognition of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, we are highlighting domestic violence services the YWCA Central Alabama provides, along with video spotlights from our Domestic Violence Services staff members who assist in making these vital services available to our community. These video spotlights will feature YWCA Central Alabama staff members highlighting their experiences as domestic violence service providers.
Anamaria Santiago currently teaches literature and composition courses at UAB. She has been on staff at Anytown Alabama for numerous years and was honored to serve as an Anytown Alabama co-director this year.
Domestic violence affects 1 in 4 women in their lifetime — that's more women than breast cancer, ovarian cancer and lung cancer combined. Still, more than one-third of us have never discussed the issue. October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and at the YWCA we have a range of services to help victims of domestic violence. We want to be a part of the national conversation that is happening around domestic violence, so this month we will be featuring the topic of domestic violence on our blog.
As October moves us into the autumn weather, it also marks the beginning of National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Being the largest domestic violence service provider in our service area, this month is very important to the YWCA, as we are committed to breaking the cycle of family violence. October also marks the beginning of the annual Allstate Foundation Purple Purse fundraiser.