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It’s DVAM: Why do we start conversations?

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IMG_1354Last week, we had the honor and privilege joining leaders from across the valley to proclaim October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month. In Boise, Eagle, Garden City, Kuna, Meridian and Star—the Mayors each made official proclamations declaring it officially DVAM for their cities and towns and the Ada County Commissioners signed an official proclamation for the county as well. Why? Because for survivors, it is crucial we stand together in support. For those in unhealthy and dangerous situations, it is absolutely critical they know we are here for them; that they know there is help, there is hope. From the elected officials in their communities to the law enforcement and first responders taking care of their neighborhoods and the service providers like the WCA, is more important now during these trying times to let our friends, family members and those we may soon meet to know that we are here for them.

We had a very brave and courageous survivor share with us and these are just a few of her words…

“I still have nightmares. I still wake up crying sometimes. As a survivor of domestic abuse, the memories don’t leave. But every day you get a little stronger and every day you realize you’re safe and you’re okay. And every day I look at my son and think we did it. 

I hope that by sharing just a sliver of my story today, it can help you if you are in a situation where you are being abused; whether it’s physically, mentally, financially, or emotionally or if you know of someone that is or might be being abused, encourage them to get help. Watch for signs, provide services, and show encouragement. Let them know they are worth it. There is hope.

If you’d like to view the program, click here to view the Facebook live replay. Start conversations today and help break the cycle of domestic abuse in our community.

Click here to see a gallery of photos from the event.

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