As you may know, Domestic Violence is a serious issue. It’s complicated because it involves families and their personal lives, lives many of us think are “their business”. Unfortunately, their business affects most of us in some way. That child who is bullying your child may be watching their mother get beaten by their father. I guarantee your children are going to school with children who live daily with the fear that their parent, usually a mother, is going to be hurt or killed. Many of those children are themselves being abused. The sweet woman who clerks at your favorite grocery store may be afraid to go home, she may have someone checking up on her at all times to make sure she’s where she is supposed to be, or she may not be there tomorrow because she’s dead.
We may think of domestic violence victims as “one of those people”. Maybe we categorize them as drug addicts, alcoholics, welfare recipients, etc. Guess what, a victim could also be your next door neighbor, your sister, the doctor’s wife or your favorite librarian. You can’t tell a victim by looking at them much of the time. Yes, they may have bruises. Then again, you may not be able to see those bruises. They may be hidden by clothing. They may be hidden in their hearts.
Possibly you are thinking that they should just leave. That too is complicated. There are dozens of reasons domestic violence victims don’t leave. They may be afraid to, not have any money or are afraid of losing their children. More than likely, they love their abuser and think and hope that this time when he tells them he will change, he will. They may not know where to go or who to turn to.
We don’t expect you to jump into the middle of an abusive episode. That would be foolish on your part. We would like you to become more aware. If you see or hear something suspicious, we would like you to call the police. Yes, it might be nothing, but then again someone might be in real danger. We hope you will support us so we can help the victims become survivors.
This month we have several activities planned for Domestic Violence Awareness. We would be so pleased to have you join us in one or all of these events.
October 2, 2012
8:15 AM Cross Dedication in memory of victims who have lost their lives. First Covenant Church, 125 H Street, Iron Mountain, MI
October 25, 2012
5-8 PM Celebrity Waiter’s Dinner An evening of fun for the whole family…prizes, raffles, silent auctions, entertainment $6 per person with children 5 and under admitted free Location to be announced. Call 906-774-1337 for more information.
October 30, 2012
12 Noon- “Honk Your Horns” to break the silence of domestic violence. Bring your car to the Dickinson County Sheriff’s office to participate in a noisy procession to the Caring House. Open House to follow at the Caring House with refreshments served.