Press Release: October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Contact: John Thomas, Director of Community Giving, Peaceful Paths Domestic Abuse Network, 352-377-5690

October 1, 2018

Local Center Holds Events to Commemorate Domestic Violence Awareness Month
Peaceful Paths is planning numerous activities to increase community awareness

GAINESVILLE- Peaceful Paths Domestic Abuse Network will again commemorate national Domestic
Violence Awareness Month during October 2018. Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) continues to be a
serious criminal concern and social issue in the Alachua, Bradford, and Union County communities the
agency serves. Over the past twelve months, more than 21,000 services were provided to survivors and
their children through residential and outreach programs.

The national dialogue concerning violence against women has reached new levels over the past year.
The #MeToo movement created more opportunities than ever to discuss the pervasive nature of abuse
and harassment, and has raised awareness of how traumatizing these experiences are for survivors.
Peaceful Paths joined the millions of women and allies to increase accountability for perpetrators and
address the need for greater intervention and healing. This ongoing discussion has assisted in raising
the consciousness of the impact that IPV and violence against women has in our society.

The new mindfulness we are experiencing resulted in increased grant funding for critical programs.
Peaceful Paths expanded services over the past year in legal services, financial literacy, and housing
support. Attorneys and the paralegal served 87 clients with legal services regarding injunctions, legal
advice, referrals, and other legal services. Financial literacy programs served 286 survivors with financial
education, safety planning, and advocacy services. Economic empowerment services including credit
repair, financial planning, and employment readiness are now offered to all residential and outreach
clients, and now incorporate teen and youth programs. Housing staff were able to permanently house
49 families, creating long term stability and safety. Dr. Theresa Beachy, Executive Director, stated,
“Our commitment to providing a continuum of intervention and prevention services has resulted in
more survivors seeking assistance. We are confident that our next five years will see even greater
trauma informed programming, housing partnerships, and system change that has meaningful impact
on the lives of survivors and their children.”

We hope the community will continue to engage in the dialogue and respond to calls for action around
domestic violence in our area. Volunteering, participating in donation drives, and being an active voice
for awareness and change is vital for our success. You can get involved in the mission of Peaceful Paths
by attending one of our community events this October.
October Events for 2018

Fall Pop-Up Thrift Store | Wednesday, October 3 through Friday, October 5
Make plans to visit our Fall Pop-Up Thrift Store taking place at our Outreach Center at 2100 NW 53rd
Avenue in Gainesville. The Pop-Up Thrift Store features new and gently used items and 100% of the
proceeds go to client assistance programs. The store is open from 10:00am to 5:30pm each day. Look for
the purple signs on NW 53rd Avenue.

Domestic Violence Vigil & Clothesline Project Exhibit | Thursday, October 4
Please join us on Thursday, October 4, 2018 from 6:00pm to 7:00pm at The Old Gainesville Depot for
the Domestic Violence Community Vigil & Clothesline Project Exhibit. The annual Clothesline Project will
be showcased, featuring shirts by adults and children. This project is a powerful display of shirts
decorated by survivors of domestic violence. The vigil will also be an opportunity for our community to
remember those lost to domestic violence homicide. We hope you will take the time out of your
Thursday to join us for this moving vigil and show of solidarity.

Mission in Action Tours | Wednesday, October 10 & Wednesday, October 24
Please join us for a unique look into our mission in action. If you are able to spare an hour of
your day, you will walk away knowing more about Peaceful Paths and the services we offer. We
have tours available on two dates to accommodate schedules. Join us Wednesday, October 10
or Wednesday, October 24 from 12:00pm to 1:00pm. If either of those dates don’t work for you,
please contact JT at johnt@peacefulpaths.org to set up a private tour.

Fall FRIENDraiser | Tuesday, October 30, 5-7 pm
Join us on Tuesday, October 30 from 5:00pm – 7:00pm for this FREE cocktail hour to learn how
your gifts of voice, time and monetary support can help advance our mission. If you are a
current donor or volunteer – or you want to get involved – this event is for you. Learn more
about the diversity of services we offer and how you can get involved with our agency. We look
forward to sharing our Spring 2019 schedule with you and helping you find ways to become part
of our community work.

SERVICES UTILIZED FOR THE 2017 FISCAL YEAR
Total adults in shelter (Emergency and Extended) 222
Total children in shelter 138
Outreach clients (new) 809 (113 children)
Total Clients 1,169
Safety Plans Completed 4,192
Hotline Calls 1,839
Days of Shelter 14,268
Average Length of Stay in Shelter 38 days
Average length of Outreach Services 147 days
Violence Prevention Students 7,810
Total Hours of Counseling 12,870
Total Client Contacts 21,671
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

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