Domestic Violence Awareness

by Katie Donovan on September 11, 2014 at 7:10 am

With the recent coverage of the Ray Rice domestic violence case, many people have been raising awareness on the issue at hand.

One local group in particular called Transitions helps the women and men of Muskingum, Perry and Morgan Counties cope with and handle abuse in their lives. Court Advocate, Dorothy Thomas says that Transitions provides victims with a shelter and safe haven in their time of need. Thomas also explained to us that the reasons for staying in abusive relationships vary from person to person.

"I think there’s many reasons and I think I cant answer that with one question, I mean just one answer because there’s a lot of reasons. It could be because of the kids, maybe they don’t have any money to go anywhere else, maybe they’re more afraid if they do leave, he’s going to come looking for them he’s going to injure their family."

You are always encouraged to seek help if you or someone you know is a victim of domestic violence. In order to help raise awareness on the issue, Thomas says there are a couple of upcoming events being held in the community.

"We also are having two events to educate mainly the public on domestic violence and October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, the first one is, is the Domestic Violence Coalition, I’m the chairman of that event. It’s called walk a mile in my shoes….The second event we have the same week, is Transitions. It’s our 10th Annual Fundraiser Luncheon."

Both events will be held in the month of October. To learn more about these events, you call the following number: (740)454-3213