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Contact: Dr. Theresa Beachy, Executive Director, Peaceful Paths Domestic Abuse Network, 352-377-5690
September 4, 2015
Local Center Creates Events for Domestic Violence Awareness Month
Peaceful Paths is planning numerous activities for the community to increase awareness
GAINESVILLE- Peaceful Paths Domestic Abuse Network will again commemorate national Domestic Violence Awareness Month during October 2015. Intimate partner violence continues to be a serious criminal concern and social issue in the Alachua, Bradford, and Union County communities that the agency serves. Since January, we have identified 11 individuals in our community at high-risk for homicides related to intimate partner violence. We also lost one domestic violence victim to homicide this February. We continue to work to bring awareness, intervention, and prevention programming that can create social change around this issue.
Since last October, the agency was able to complete the Dutton-Schilling Housing Campus and launch a new era of services in the community. Survivors and their children can now access greater resources for housing while gaining the information and support necessary to address the abuse in their lives. Dr. Theresa Beachy, Executive Director, states, “We are so excited about the opportunities the Campus afford the individuals we serve. Expansion has increased access to financial literacy programs, allowed us to establish individual counseling programs for children and youth, and offer refuge to survivor’s pets. The additional beds will also allow those families with greater needs the time necessary to safely transition to self-sufficiency. This year, October will be about celebrating this accomplishment while looking at what the future holds. “ Mission in Action tours beginning October 7 and happening twice monthly will give the community the chance to learn more about the work the agency does and experience the impact our programming has for survivors and their children.
October Events for 2015
- Commentary: a reproducible blog post/editorial article will be sent out to media outlets on September 28.
- October 1: Power of the Purse Brunch and Learn: Join us for the kickoff awareness month event as we learn about the impact of financial abuse in the lives of survivors and ways we can get involved. Enjoy a catered brunch from Sweetwater Branch Inn, bid on a variety of new designer purses, and try your luck at a raffle prize, all while supporting the Financial Literacy programs Peaceful Paths provides. Tickets are $35 and the deadline to purchase online is September 25.
- October 12 and October 22: Film Screening and Training – “Private Violence” is the acclaimed HBO feature-length documentary film that explores a simple, but deeply disturbing fact of American life: the most dangerous place for a woman in America is her own home. Every day in the US, at least four women are murdered by abusive (and often, ex) partners. The knee-jerk response is to ask: “why doesn’t she just leave?” Private Violence shatters the brutality of this logic. The film challenges entrenched and misleading assumptions, providing a lens into a world that is largely invisible; a world we have locked behind closed doors with our silence, our laws, and our lack of understanding. Screenings will be followed by a group discussion about implications for our community.
- October 17 : Color Run 5K Extravaganza Shine Tour, Kirby Smith Complex
It is time to race, rave, and color yourself silly to support survivors in our community. Come celebrate with the Color Run 5k and enjoy the street party atmosphere this event creates downtown. Volunteers are needed and will gain free entry to all the festivities.
- October 21: Unity Day March and Rally: Celebrate the UNITY in our CommUNITY with annual march and rally for peace. We will once again partner with the River Phoenix Center for Peacebuilding to promote awareness of and intervention for violence in our homes, schools, and neighborhoods.
- October 29: Annual Candlelight Vigil: Commemorate the courage of survivors who share their stories at this annual event honoring the survivors and victims of domestic violence in our community. View the clothesline project and take part in this important event.
Services Utilized for the 2014-15 Fiscal Year
Total adults in shelter (emergency and Transitional) 131
Total children in shelter 97
Outreach clients (new) 640 (87 children)
Total Clients 2,278
Safety Plans Completed 1,584
Hotline Calls 2,245
Days of Shelter 7513
Average Length of Stay in Shelter 35 days
Average length of Outreach Services 132 days
Training and Education participants 10,090
Total Hours of Counseling 13,680
Total Client Contacts 18,421
Our Mission is to promote relationships free of violence and control by providing a safe place to receive intervention, advocacy, and education services using prevention strategies and community partnerships.
For more information on the agency or any of these events, please contact Dr. Theresa Beachy at 352-377-5690 or visit us on the web at www.peacefulpaths.org