Domestic violence is pervasive in our community. Our state ranks second in the nation for women who die at the hand of their abusers, but domestic violence knows no boundaries….not by gender, economic status, age or race. It's verbal, psychological and physical abuse, and now includes alarming rates of teenage dating and digital abuse…yes, that's harassment and abuse by cell phone, text messaging and other social media.
October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and we all need to take a position on this issue, raise awareness, and act against this abuse. The recent "Silent Awareness" ceremony gave chilling testimony to the victims of domestic violence, but also featured uplifting stories of survival, recovery and victory over this abuse. If you, or someone you know, are a victim of abuse, there is help. One of those resources is Sistercare, a Midlands organization addressing the needs of battered women through shelter, counseling, court advocacy and outreach. You may reach them at 800-637-7606.