A little personal :)

I have noticed that October is usually a really busy month for a lot of people. Whether you are on a scavenger hunt looking for the perfect costume, getting ready for the upcoming holidays, ┬ácelebrating your best friends birthday as I will be doing soon ­čÖé or taking your midterms…it can get pretty busy. I have also done a little research on the month of October and found out that October is National Dental Hygiene Month, National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, National Bullying Prevention Month, and it includes National Fire Prevention Week. These are all really important causes that definitely deserve their own month to really raise awareness.

I have been feeling really busy lately because October is also National Domestic Violence Awareness Month.┬áI think I have shared this with y’all but I work at a domestic violence crisis center and we get to hear firsthand about all the amazing things people are doing to raise awareness! Verizon Wireless Foundation is a big supporter of the organization and is participating in a Hope Tour going to a ton of cities educating folks on the dynamics of an abusive relationship.

A little more on the subject: Domestic Violence and abusive relationships are a lot more than cuts and bruises; what we know that happens during an abusive relationship is a pattern of behaviors where one person is trying to gain power and control over the other. This may include many forms of manipulation, isolation from your support system and/or minimizing the abuse. We know a lot of things are going on and it can be really overwhelming to think about them all at once, we are definitely a source of information as well as a way to help organize those thoughts and come up with a few options, tailored to each individual.

Domestic Violence Awareness Month is something that is very close to my heart. Not only because of my job, mostly because it is an issue that affects people of all economic classes and education levels and it is not something we discuss. It has become so normalized in our society and I really want to make it clear that just because something is normal that doesn’t mean it is ok.

I hope a few of you are prompted to give our hotline a call or check out the website for more information. Since we still have more than half of the month left, I encourage you all to get involved with your local domestic violence agencies and find out what kind of help they are looking for this month! Organize a donation drive at your job or school for toiletries and supplies desperately needed at the local shelters! Clean out your closet and donate the clothes you don’t need to the local shelter for the women who leave everything behind during their escape to stay safe! Or let people know you are standing strong with the cause and wear purple (color to represent domestic violence awareness) as much as you can this month and let people know why! There are countless ways to get involved in this amazing movement, I hope some of you are inspired to do so.

This is my contribution this month, ┬áspreading the word beyond my job. I hope this information is not new to anyone, but if it is, do not worry, you can always contact the National Domestic Violence Hotline, an anonymous and confidential hotline working 24/7 to help any caller with questions, support and safety planning at┬á1-800-799-7233.┬áI would also like to invite you all to check out our website┬áhttp://www.thehotline.org/┬áfor more information ­čÖé

I hope you have all learned a little something and I hope you can all help us out by spreading the word in your communities. I will be back this Friday with a few fun diy’s. I promise it’ll back to business ­čÖé

Til then, I hope you are all having a great week!