Walking for Safe Families: Awareness on Domestic Violence
BROWNSVILLE — October is National Domestic Violence Awareness month. And here in Brownsville, one organization is working especially hard to spread their message and you can be a part of it.
Over three thousand calls for help, and that's just the ones they know of. Friendship of Women say more battered or abused individuals are likely out there.
“As much as we know domestic violence is out there, we need to educate our community. We often forget it, or can't recognize it when it's going on.” says Daisy Lopez of Friendship of Women.
In about to weeks Friendship of Women is hosting the thirteenth annual Walk for Safe Families event. Domestic abuse in the home, doesn't just affect spouses, but also little ones who witness what's going on.
“In the US 15.5 million live in violent homes, all though these children are not directly abused by the offender they still have emotional, verbal abuse," says Claudia Cerda of Friendship of Women.
Studies show that boys are twice as likely to become offenders and girls are likely to become victims after growing up in a household where they witness domestic abuse.
Events like this and services offered by friendship of women educate on prevention and intervention.
“It brings awareness to the community, that's what we're trying to do, bring awareness to the community to end domestic violence and we try to educate the community and just give them information," says Yesenia Ruiz of Friendship of Women.
The event will be held Saturday October 13, 2012 from 8-11am at Veterans’ Park off of Central Blvd. For more information contact Friendship of Women at 544-7412.