Shining a light on Domestic Violence Awareness Month
Thursday, October 17, 2019
Contributor: Morgan Kirchenwitz, Marketing & Events Manager, Harbor House Domestic Abuse Programs
Since 1990, more than 20 women from Outagamie and Calumet counties have lost their lives due to domestic violence.
Thousands have found support and safety at Harbor House Domestic Abuse Programs. Thousands more are still living in silence. One out of every three women will be affected by domestic violence at some point in her lifetime. At its core, domestic violence is a pattern of behaviors used by one partner in an intimate relationship to maintain power and control over another partner.
Nationally, October is recognized as Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM). In Outagamie and Calumet Counties, we join the nation in bringing attention to domestic violence; we mourn those who have died because of domestic violence, celebrate those who have survived, and connect with those who are working to end it.
It is time to come together to address this issue. We must work together to make it safe for all survivors to have their voices heard. It takes all of us to shine our light to erase the darkness of domestic violence. Visit Harbor House’s website to participate in one of the many campaigns or events throughout year to support survivors and spread awareness.
“Many times, survivors live in isolation. They may not even know services are available to them. They may think that they're the only ones. We want to break that isolation by showing them that the community is wrapping their arms around them," explained Harbor House Executive Director, Beth Schnorr.
Together we rise.