About This Project
A Message From Our Executive Director
October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and while this is a time to reflect on violence in the home and relationships, it’s also a time to acknowledge the work Coalition for Family Harmony does year-round to provide safety and healing to thousands of survivors. When we speak about Domestic Violence, we often speak about it in a way that indicates this is something that happens at impulsively at home, and since it happens at home, it’s not our place to intervene. However, domestic violence IS
everyone’s business. Allowing it to stay private empowers the abuser to continue, puts children directly in harm’s way, and increases the chances the person being abused will end up with life-threatening injuries.
The harsh reality of Domestic Violence cannot be ignored: 60% of domestic violence incidents reported to the police included the perpetrator harming children in the household, and more than 80% of intimate partner homicides had previously documented domestic violence incidents. And while we tend to think of domestic violence as being as issue affecting women, almost 20% of domestic violence victims are male.
When we allow this issue to lie in the dark, we allow it to get worse. At the Coalition for Family Harmony, we take a unique approach to domestic violence. Not only do we offer an emergency hotline, shelter, legal service, and counseling for immediate intervention of a domestic violence occurrence, we also offer unique programs to help prevent the cycle from repeating itself over and over.
We firmly believe that it is our community’s responsibility to know the signs of domestic abuse and when or how to offer help and support. Just like we take classes on CPR to save a life, or see a doctor for preventative health reasons, we CAN stop domestic violence from spreading in our community and upending, or even ending, lives.
Know the signs of domestic violence and abuse. Know what resources are available. Know how YOU can help or how YOU can seek help if needed.
RED FLAGS FOR ABUSIVE RELATIONSHIPS
HELP FOR FRIENDS & FAMILY