Domestic violence awareness event planned
by Staff Reports
October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and OASIS will host an event Oct. 30 to educate the community about domestic violence and increase understanding of the issues facing survivors.
The event will be held from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Oct. 30 at the Watauga County Library at 140 Queen St. in Boone. Participants will learn about volunteer opportunities, how to support survivors and how to increase awareness of domestic violence.
Nearly one in three women and one in 10 men
in the United States have experienced physical violence, rape or stalking by an
intimate partner, and the statistics are the same for Watauga County, according
to OASIS. Survivors of domestic violence suffer physical and emotional trauma
and may face financial and legal struggles as well.
OASIS aims to end domestic and sexual violence in Watauga County and encourages community members to stand up as champions for survivors to help build a safer and healthier community.
OASIS, or Opposing Abuse with Service,
Information and Shelter, has been serving survivors of sexual assault and
domestic violence in Watauga County since 1978 and is now serving survivors in
Avery County. Support services include: 24-hour crisis line, housing options, medical
and judicial systems advocacy, crisis counseling and support groups. OASIS also
provides education and outreach to community and civic organizations to help
create an environment where abuse and violence are not accepted.
For more information about National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, OASIS, or how you can help put an end to domestic and sexual violence, please call (828) 264-1532, email email@example.com, or visit oasisinc.org.