The statistics (click here) are both surprising and horrific. For example, 1 in 4 women is physically abused and this abuse occurs across every socio-economic class. It’s very common. It’s increasing. Pregnant women are at risk. It affects a lot of children.
Most folks respond to domestic violence in one of three ways: (1) Ignore it because it’s not hitting close to home, (2) desperately look for a place to turn for help because it’s a reality, and (3) look around for ways they can help. I want to address the third category. Maybe you would be moved to help a new work get activated.
Carol Bauman and Sarah McOwen met with me recently to tell me about their work in progress. They are literally building a unique place for victims to go called Wing Haven. This program will provide (a) airfare to a safe, remote, confidential site, (b) on-site counseling for women and children, (c) opportunities to learn new hobbies and participate in activities, and (d) on-site career counseling and workshops on job skill development and goal setting. They need financial help as well as volunteer help. Check out their web site and view the slides and, if you feel moved, give them your support.