In a show of support for the work of Fayette Cares and a commitment to ending domestic violence, Fayette County officials gathered to recognize October as National Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM).
Fayette County General Sessions Court Judge Jim Gallagher hosted the Fayette Cares DVAM kickoff. A moving speech was presented by Amy Johnson, domestic violence survivor and Fayette Cares Victim Advocate, followed by Assistant District Attorney and Special Domestic Violence Prosecutor Lindsey Williams who described tactics abusers use to gain power and control over their victims. Finally a proclamation was read by Fayette County Mayor Rhea “Skip” Taylor, calling attention to the prevalence of the issue and the need for a community response that supports victims.
DVAM was launched nationwide in October 1987 as a way to connect and unite individuals and organizations working on domestic violence issues and raise awareness for those issues. In October Fayette Cares joins the nation to mourn those whose lives were taken by domestic violence, celebrate those who have survived, and work to break the cycle of abuse.
“Domestic Violence is the leading cause of family homelessness,” said Fayette Cares Board President Brent Stone, “at Fayette Cares, victims and survivors access shelter, support groups, legal advocacy, and much more to help break free from the abuser’s grip.”
Over the last three decades, much progress has been made by Fayette Cares to support domestic violence victims and survivors. But to end domestic violence entire communities must become part of the solution. Fayette Cares offers the following suggestions to help individuals, churches, schools, and businesses take a stand against abuse:
- Observe a moment of silence to recognize victims who suffer and have no voice
- Place Fayette Cares domestic violence service information on bulletin boards, in newsletters, and on social media to show victims help is available
- Take a stand against domestic violence by speaking out against this heinous crime
- Invite Fayette Cares staff to make educational presentations for adults or youth
- Fund services for victims with a contribution to Fayette Cares