Domestic Violence Awareness Month at the Coalition
1 in 4 women worldwide are victims of domestic violence. 1 in 4!
The month of October, as we’ve mentioned, has been dedicated to raising awareness about this issue.
At Coalition for the Homeless’ Women’s Residential and Counseling Center (WRCC), a transitional housing program for single women and women with children (many of whom are victims), several activities took place throughout the month.
The month began with safety presentations by OPD Officers Derwin Bradley and Cantrell for both the adults and children.
The following week, University of Central Florida volunteers provided the WRCC women with a pampering night. The SPCA brought four dogs to WRCC to teach the children how to treat and respect animals, as well.
A closing ceremony took place last Thursday in light of the month’s ending. Pastor Brian Taylor from the Orlando World Outreach Church spoke about values, and soloist Isaac Larson sang Gentle Savior and You Raise Me Up.
The moving ceremony also included activities for the kids, the reading of poems written by our clients, a speech about hope, a balloon release, and two solos performed by Coalition clients.
Although Domestic Violence Awareness Month is coming to an end, recent news stories and statistics prove that we need to continue – beyond this month – to be aware of the issue and to do our part in helping those being abused!