October is Domestic Violence Awareness month across the nation. The Family Resource Center (FRC) of North Mississippi hosted a Silent Walk October 4th at Fairpark in Tupelo to heighten awareness and to kickoff concentrated efforts in increase awareness and make the community aware of how FRC provides support.
To support this annual event in Tupelo, representatives from the District Attorney’s office, the City Council of Tupelo, the Tupelo Fire Department, the Tupelo Police Department and the Lee County Sheriff’s Department were on hand to add support to the cause.
“We have 120 balloons to release this morning,” said Dell Hatch, Domestic Violence Coordinator for Families First of Mississippi. The reason, she explained, is to demonstrate the astonishing number of instances of number of new victims in the country every thirty minutes. “During this time allocated to this gathering, there are another 120 victims.”
Click on these links to hear the comments and see parts of the SILENT WALK.
Silent Walk Kick-off
Comments Domestic Abuse
The Domestic Violence support group meets the last Monday night of the month at 6:00 PM, as well as every Wednesday at 12:00 PM at the FRC-Tupelo campus located at 425 Magazine Street.
The Family Resource Center:
Assists in development of individual safety plans.
Provides services including crisis intervention.
Provides information/referrals to victims of domestic violence victims and their children .
Assistance in filing for Victim’s Compensation, protective/restraining orders and court advocacy.
WHAT IS DOMESTIC VIOLENCE?
Domestic violence is the willful intimidation, physical assault, battery, sexual assault, and/or other abusive behavior as part of a systematic pattern of power and control perpetrated by one intimate partner against another. It includes physical violence, sexual violence, threats, and emotional abuse. The frequency and severity of domestic violence can vary dramatically.