Domestic violence is a subject many people are uncomfortable talking about, but a local organization believes it is something the community needs to be aware of. According to the Centers for Disease Control, one in every four women will experience domestic violence in her lifetime, and local groups are joining together to try and fight against this overwhelming statistic.
On Tuesday, the Marshall County Commission signed a resolution designating October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month. The YWCA believes public awareness has the potential to increase abuse identification, and reports about domestic violence by the public. They said domestic violence is not just something that can greatly affect adults, but it can also affect children for the rest of their lives in several ways, including being the strongest risk factor of transmitting violent behavior from one generation to the next.
“Children see their parents in a domestic situation and they tend to end up that way as well when they grow up. It just keeps repeating until they’re able to educate themselves properly and end that cycle,” said YWCA Domestic Violence Outreach Advocate, Ashley Taylor.
The YWCA invites anyone looking for help or education on the issue to visit them or call. During the month of October, local businesses will also display purple lights to show their support.
On Monday, October 20 at 6 p.m., the YWCA will hold a candlelight vigil on the front steps of the Marshall County Courthouse to honor the survivors, the lives lost, and to celebrate the strength of battered women and children.