SAFE Recognizing Domestic Violence Awareness Month in Clarion County
October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM) which evolved from the “Day of Unity” held in October of 1981 conceived by the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence.
The Day of Unity soon grew into an entire week devoted to a range of activities conducted at the local, state, and national level focused on mourning those who have died because of domestic violence, celebrating those who have survived, and connecting those who work to end violence.
In October of 1987, the first official Domestic Violence Awareness Month was observed, and the effort to make the public aware of domestic violence continues to be a focus to this day.
“Our goal is to bring light to our community that Domestic Violence does in fact happen in our county,” Jennifer Hurrelbrink, Fiscal Administrative Supervisor for SAFE (Stop Abuse for Everyone), told exploreClarion.com.
“We want people to know that there is help, and they do not have to face these life altering situations alone. SAFE exists to help bring a stop to Domestic Violence/Intimate Partner Violence and bring hope to those who have faced these situations.”
SAFE is a local non-profit agency in Clarion County that provides a number of services to individuals dealing with domestic violence.
Despite tremendous challenges, domestic violence shelters, like SAFE, serve nearly 70,000 victims in one day alone, according to the latest National Network to End Domestic Violence Domestic Violence Counts. More than three out of four domestic violence survivors who sought support groups, counseling, supportive services and legal advocacy found these services to be “very helpful,” the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence and the University of Connecticut School of Social Work reported.
In recognition of National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, SAFE will be hosting their Annual Awareness Event at Trinity Point Church of God on Tuesday, October 22, from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Speakers at the event include Clarion County Commissioners, Clarion County Assistant District Attorney Drew Welsh, and Pennsylvania State Police, as well as Tammy Seaburn who will present “Katrina’s Story.” Her story shares the impact of Domestic Violence/Intimate Partner Violence and how it has changed a family and communities forever.
“This will be an evening that we want to impact our community, as well as let people know that SAFE is here, 24/7, to be that hand to reach out and help at a time when someone else’s world is shattered,” Hurrelbrink said.
The organization also has a special display with representation for each individual in Clarion County that was killed as a result of Intimate Partner Violence/Domestic Violence.
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