National Domestic Violence Awareness Month 2014
The sobering reality of domestic violence has been in the news a lot of late due to the very public instances permeating the NFL. Yet, this crime is one that all too many unknown women have also experienced over the years, with a female being assaulted or beaten every nine seconds in our country. Domestic violence is, in fact, one of the main contributors to homelessness for these women and their children, as many have no place to turn once they’ve made the often-difficult decision to leave an abusive situation.
We at Coalition for the Homeless of Central Florida are able to offer needed support and advocacy to our adult and young clients who are victims of such crimes through our Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) Program…in addition to providing safe shelter and food. We do so at both our Center for Women and Families (CWF) and Women’s Residential and Counseling Center (WRCC).
While these residents stay with us and rebuild their lives, they are directed and counseled on a regular basis by their case managers and strengthened through Empowerment Group sessions. Coalition staff also plans special activities for our survivors each October in observance of National Domestic Violence Awareness Month.
This year, supportive activities for this important month include decorating and hanging t-shirts in both the CWF and WRCC dining rooms as part of ”The Clothesline Project,” which bears witness to the violence against women and men and raises awareness among all who visit our campuses. Other activities for our adults and/or young victims will involve a night of pampering,Yoga and self-defense classes, as well as arts and crafts sessions…all thanks to the time and talents of wonderful volunteers. Our residents will also participate in the Orange County Domestic Violence Task Force annual awareness event and walk in Baldwin Park on October 11.
The month’s observance will conclude with a special ceremony sponsored by the Life Center Church on October 28th at which Pastor King will encourage our ladies to read poems they’ve written about the experiences that led them to us for refuge and, especially, their plans for a better future.
We’ll keep you posted!