Embracing Hope

by Brittany Shannon on October 5, 2010 at 1:37 am

October is domestic violence awareness month. Cases of domestic violence continue to rise, but Genesis Healthcare and members of the community are offering a message of hope to victims.

"Don’t be silent."

That’s Lucinda Snyder’s message, a survivor of domestic violence. While her battle was a long one…It’s something that she overcame.

"I went day by day, and it took me eight and a half years, and I finally got rescued," says Snyder.

It took someone helping Lucinda for her to finally get out of the abusive situation. She says that today’s resources can truly save a victim.

"We didn’t have all the community support that we have nowadays, and it does help. It does help get the victims out."

For that very reason, Genesis Healthcare along with members of the community, are working to raise awareness to put an end to domestic violence.

"By raising awareness, educating people, having the community listen to stories from the victims, visiting crime scenes, seeing real-life situations that were the result of domestic violence really makes a big statement. A big bold statement," says Melissa Montgomery, the director of Women and Children Services at Genesis Healthcare.

"These are things that we do to try to be proactive. We try to get awareness out there that domestic violence is a problem in our county and we want to prevent this from happening," says Muskingum County Sheriff Matt Lutz.

At Monday’s event, there was a silent witness display. Each silhouette represents one of the 45 men, women, and children murdered in West Virginia as a result of domestic violence. It all happened within a three-year time period.

"It’s more prevalent than motor vehicle accidents, it’s more prevalent than cancer, it’s here, it’s everywhere," says Montgomery.

And events like this will continue to combat domestic violence, and offer support to those in need.

"Talk to someone, seek help, and then get out."

If you would like information on domestic violence, you can contact the Genesis Healthcare System at 740-454-4000, or seek immediate help with law enforcement.