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Domestic Violence Awareness Month
October 11 @ 8:00 am - October 31 @ 5:00 pm
October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, which first began in 1981 by the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, as a Day of Unity to connect women’s advocates across the country.
Domestic violence affects millions, both women and men, of every race, religion, culture, and status. It’s not just physical abuse -- it’s yelling, humiliation, stalking, manipulation, coercion, threats and isolation. It’s stealing a paycheck, keeping tabs online, non-stop texting, constant use the silent treatment, or calling someone stupid so often they believe it.
Since the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) passed in 1994, we’ve come a long way. This landmark legislation, led by then Senator Joe Biden, combined new provisions that hold offenders accountable and provide programs and services for victims -- like those ASPEN provides. Between 1993 and 2010, the overall rate of domestic violence dropped nearly two-thirds and state laws have reformed to address issues such as dating abuse in the workplace, stalking, employment discrimination and more.
ASPEN staff will be tabling at various locations during the month of October and through December. Visit us and learn how you can make a difference right here in your own community. ASPEN is committed to breaking the cycle of violence ~ and you can help.
In this newsletter learn how you can become involved and help us make the world a kinder place for all. ~ Heidi Barrett, Executive Director
Oct 17 - Lunch & Learn - Human Trafficking
Oct 29th - Halloween Party
Pointsettias for Peace orders open, quilt raffle tickets available