October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and we are busy with activities designed to raise awareness. We have some very interesting awareness events and displays planned for this year and hope that through these we can both raise awareness and show our support for those whose lives are impacted by domestic violence in our community.
Keep your eye out for our red silhouettes with a t-shirt on with information about domestic violence in our community. These silhouettes will travel about the community, so you never know where they might pop up next. There will also be wooden hands bearing information about domestic violence in our community. The hands will be located on the square and are painted to display the number of people that ACCIS served last year.
Check the Audrain County Public Library and the Audrain County Courthouse for the displays we are working on. Each of them will be interesting and informative.
- There will be a Purple Light Nights display set up at each location with a limited supply of light bulbs to take and use at your home or office. If you don’t get one of those bulbs we recommend using either a blacklight bulb or purple string lights such as those used for holiday decoration. For those of you who don’t know about the Purple Light Nights awareness project, the goal is to shine a purple light on your porch or business. The purple light is to help us:
- Remember those who lost their lives due to domestic violence
- Show our support for survivors
- And bring hope to those still being abused
- There will be cutouts of hands at both display locations as well. These hands are signed by members of our community to show their support for those whose lives are impacted by domestic violence. Many people have chosen to write and encouraging message on their hand to show that they are standing hand in hand with ACCIS to support survivors and end domestic violence.
- At our display locations we will also have our Men Standing with ACCIS against Domestic Violence project. There is a pledge that men can sign to show their support for those whose lives are impacted by domestic violence as they pledge to be part of the solution. There are pocket cards available for men to take with them and purple ribbons as a visible show of support. If you don’t see the pledge forms and want to sign, or would like to take one out and gather signatures please contact us at 573-581-3835.
This year we have worked together with the Coalition Against Rape and Domestic Violence in Fulton to reach out to the local high school football teams and coaching staff. Both the Mexico and Fulton football teams have agreed to wear a purple wrist band to their games during the month of October. At the Fulton vs Mexico game on October 10 at Fulton, both teams will take the field together wearing their wrist bands and holding a banner stating that they stand united against domestic violence. A fun twist has been added to the event as well, with many people planning to wear a purple shirt to the game so that they too can stand united against domestic violence.
Please go see these displays and participate in any way that you can to help raise awareness in our community.
IN 2013 ACCIS
- Provided 4443 bed nights for 122 clients
- Provided services for 676 clients
- Handled 619 hotline calls
- 485 clients received court advocacy
- Facilitated over 140 support groups
- Provided over 7500 hours of advocacy to clients
The Mission of Audrain County Crisis Intervention Services shall be to promote community awareness and prevention of domestic and sexual violence while serving survivors of abuse with compassion and confidentiality.