Is Anyone Safe?
Recently I had the unique opportunity to interview some very brave women. These individuals were victims of domestic abuse and they shared their stories in a raw uncensored and very public way so others can begin to understand this community issue.
This was not a new topic to me. I had heard the statistics before.
Every 15 seconds a woman is battered in the U.S.
275 million children worldwide are exposed to domestic abuse in the home.
As a reporter years ago, I did stories on domestic assault programs. So what was different this time? Why did I find myself crying along with these women as they told of their journey from victim to victor? I think the answer is complicated. First, it made me sad to know that this is still a huge problem. But, I was also touched to see firsthand that women and their families can find a safe place and rebuild their lives. In our community an amazing organization that helps shelter women, as well as prevent and educate the community, is Safe Haven Ministries. CK & CO is honored that they let us help them tell their story. You can hear it by watching the video. If you are touched by what you see, consider supporting them or an organization in your community that does this important work.
October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. But, it will take a year round effort to create a safer community.