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Spirit of Justice Domestic Violence Awareness Month

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month! Nationally, one in three women and one in four men will experience domestic violence, sexual assault, or stalking at least once in their lifetime. As people of faith, we know that God’s heart is for healthy relationships and healing communities. Take time this month to learn more about the effects of domestic violence, what we can do to prevent violence, and how we as individuals and as a congregation can foster healing within our community. If you or someone you know has experienced domestic or sexual violence, know that help and support is always available. InterAct, Wake County’s domestic and sexual violence services center, has a 24/7 crisis line for anyone who needs help or would like to learn more about resources available to survivors. They can be reached at 919-828-7740. Nationally, RAINN’s crisis lines are also available 24/7 and can be reached at 800-656-4673.

Please consider taking advantage of these online events in the coming weeks to learn more:

Impacts of Trauma on Minority & Marginalized Communities (A Virtual Panel Discussion):

  • Thursday, October 7; 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
  • A panel discussion to bring cultural awareness to how minority & marginalized communities experience and handle trauma
  • To Register

Generational Trauma (A Virtual Panel Discussion)

  • Thursday, October 14; 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
  • A panel discussion on generational trauma and how to break the cycle of violence
  • To Register

Engaging Men in the Work of Domestic Violence (A Virtual Panel Discussion)

  • Tuesday, October 19; 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
  • A panel discussion with men in the community working with and advocating for domestic and sexual violence victims and survivors
  • To Register

Protecting North Carolinians from Domestic Violence: A Presentation by NC Attorney General, Josh Stein

  • Thursday, October 21; 1:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
  • A presentation by NC Attorney General Josh Stein about the work his office is doing as it relates to domestic violence
  • To Register

Spirit Day

Purple Thursday

  • Thursday, October 21
  • Wear purple to help raise awareness of those impacted by domestic violence.

Wake County Domestic Violence Task Force & InterAct Presents “Systems & Domestic Violence” (A Virtual Panel Discussion)

  • Wednesday, October 27; 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
  • The Wake County Domestic Violence Task Force discusses how systems work together and ways they provide services for victims and survivors of domestic violence.
  • To Register

#WeAreResilient (Virtual Event, hosted and presented by survivors of domestic violence)

  • Thursday, October 28; 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
  • Celebrate the resiliency of survivors and their healing after trauma
  • To Register

-Laura Nelson