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Originally published: 2013-10-21 11:07:02
Last modified: 2013-10-21 11:07:47

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 community@oasisinc.org, or visit oasisinc.org.