BENEFITING: YWCA OF EASTERN UNION COUNTY
ORGANIZER: YWCA OF EASTERN UNION COUNTY
Let's raise awareness on Domestic Violence together!
As many of you may know I am currently working at the YWCA Union County with victims of Domestic Violence and Hurricane Sandy. I believe in giving back to the community and I’m all about Womyn Empowerment, but what some may not know is my personal connection with Domestic Violence.
At the age of 18 I made the decision of obtaining a FRO (Final Restraining Order) on a past partner. As a freshman in college I never expected this to happen to me. I never expected having numerous court hearings, getting a lawyer and having a restraining order on someone that is for life. This was not easy and it is something that took a lot of courage. Fortunately, I had resources and support from loved ones. This experience does NOT define who I am, but it is something that will forever be with ME. The trauma associated with DV is not short-live, and usually take months to reconcile; especially for someone who gets to the point of leaving the abusive relationship. Besides physical abuse, DV may also include psychological abuse, financial abuse, and emotional abuse (among other forms). It is our job as a COMMUNITY to assist victims of DV by making these resources available and raising awareness.
Some important things to think about:
-The danger of Domestic Violence rises when the victim tries to leave the abusive relationship.
-1 in every 4 women will experience domestic violence in her lifetime.
-There is an estimated 1.3 million women are victims of physical assault by an intimate partner each year.
-Females who are 20-24 years of age are at the greatest risk of nonfatal intimate partner violence.
If you are dissatisfied with your job or roommate would you be able to leave them immediately? Overnight? You probably wouldn’t leave your job, because you need the money, or even leave your roommate because a sudden change would inconvenience you greatly. Now think how complicated that question might be if asked to a victim of DV with children, someone who is living paycheck to paycheck, and is an undocumented immigrant. These complications make escaping domestic violence seemingly impossible for its victims, and a donation can assist someone in need of resources; or FEEL FREE TO CREATE YOUR OWN PAGE.
Some of us may or may not know someone who suffers from Domestic Violence, whether they speak up about it or not, I believe we should raise awareness and help them reach a path towards positive healing.