. October marks National Domestic Violence Awareness Month and the Family Violence Center (FVC) will open its annual Memorial Garden at Northwest Assistance Ministries (NAM).
The event will take place on Monday, Oct. 3, 2016 at 8:30 a.m. This is the third year the FVC has conducted this initiative in honor of victims of domestic violence. A total of 121 purple flags will be placed in NAM’s Memorial Garden in honor of the average 121 women who die in Texas each year due to domestic violence.
“The Memorial Garden is a place of remembrance to honor those women and the families that suffered a loss because of domestic violence,” explained Sheryl Johnson, Director of NAM’s Family Violence Center. “Purple flags placed at the top of the garden represent these women and their stories. Yellow flags are signed by individuals to show their support to victims of domestic violence and let them know they are not alone in this crisis.”
Community members are invited to show their support for this cause by signing one of the free, yellow flags provided by FVC or found at NAM’s Corner Store. Yellow flags can be placed in the garden at any point during the month.
Along with this year’s Memorial Garden, the FVC is also bringing awareness to the issue of domestic violence through their “You Are Not Alone Domestic Violence” campaign. The FVC has provided a free You Are Not Alone Resource Kit providing information, resources and suggestions of other ways in which individuals can promote and support victims of domestic violence during the month of October. The resource kit can be found at www.namonline.org.
The FVC is dedicated to breaking the cycle of violence by assisting victims of domestic and sexual violence through crisis intervention, long-term support services, and through community violence and awareness prevention education. In the fiscal year 2014-2015, the FVC received more than 15,000 hotline calls from victims in crisis and individuals seeking assistance. They also offer year-round programs, workshops and different events that bring awareness to the domestic violence problem in the area.
Northwest Assistance Ministries is a non-profit, community-based social service agency that strives to meet basic human needs through Neighbors Helping Neighbors. NAM provides assistance in areas such as food, shelter, health, education, safety, and financial education. In fiscal year 2014-2015, NAM touched the lives of more than 127,000 people through its many programs and services.
If you or someone you know has experienced domestic violence or sexual assault, please call the free 24/7 Family Violence Center Hotline at (281) 885-4673. All services available are free of charge. The Family Violence Center: offering HOPE and HEALING to victims and survivors of domestic and sexual violence.
For more information, please visit www.namonline.org or call (281) 885-4610.