How sad that the prevalence of domestic abuse is so rampant that bringing awareness to it makes having a whole month devoted to it is expected.
Unfortunately, as a society, far too many people still don’t comprehend that one in four —1 in 4!— has been directly affected by this travesty.
Once while giving a presentation on behalf of HandBags of Hope, a Michigan-based non-profit whose mission is to help empower and support survivors of domestic abuse, I decided to do an impromptu test of that statistic. Sure enough, a quick show of hands substantiated the 1–in–4 ratio.
Last year, Jackie Bobcean and Lisa Devergilio, co-founders of HandBags of Hope, were honored to be a part of an awesome documentary created and produced in the metro Detroit area through efforts of Dorothea Sharon and a production team comprised of talented young adults. The documentary titled Love is Not A Black Eye shares some of the struggles experienced by women from diverse backgrounds. They also share the triumph and empowerment once they broke free.
Here is the trailer for Love is Not A Black Eye:
As a survivor myself, helping to bring awareness to this issue feels an especially fitting topic for an October post.
Have you, or someone you love, been affected by domestic abuse?
If you are currently in danger, don’t remain silent. Reach out for help. Call 911 if needed. You are deserving of a safe home environment.
For more information check the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence.