October is National Domestic Abuse Awareness Month. It is a time to be mindful of everyday actions we can take in our own lives and communities that will help prevent this common societal problem.
Since Women’s Resource Center of Northern Michigan was founded more than 40 years ago, awareness and understanding of domestic abuse have improved, but there is still work to be done.
Domestic abuse impacts survivors, families and friends of survivors, co-workers, businesses, healthcare providers, hospitals, and the entire community. When children are exposed to domestic abuse in the home, it causes stress and anxiety that affects their ability to focus and succeed at school. When domestic violence seeps outside of the home, both adult and child community members are put at risk.
October is an opportunity to focus on how we can help create safe and thriving communities every day of the year:
- Believe, support and listen to survivors.
- Hold those who harm accountable, letting them know their behavior is not acceptable.
- Help build a sense of belonging, compassion, and kindness throughout your community.
- Practice respectful interactions with people you encounter each day.
- Make positive choices in your daily life.
Together, with our hearts and minds in unity, we can build a sense of belonging and connectedness in our communities – where people feel safe, supported and free from harm.
For 24/7 help and information, call:
Women’s Resource Center of Northern Michigan (231) 347-0082 or (800) 275-1995
StrongHearts Native Helpline: (844) 762-8483
Little Traverse Bay Band Survivor Outreach Services Mon-Fri from 8am-5pm (231) 242-1620