Although things look a little different this year with the COVID-19 pandemic, we are still here to raise awareness and show support for survivors of violence. Family Support Center has a number of collaborations throughout the community to do so, and also many ways to participate throughout the month. Here is some of what is going on. Please join us, and feel free to help us spread the word!
A virtual “letters to survivors” project will be happening via our website and Facebook page, where participants can write words of encouragement and letters of support to survivors. These letters will then be available for clients at Family Support Center to read throughout the year. You can check out our album on Facebook throughout the month and the gallery below to see some of the letters from last year!
Another way to show your support to survivors is by taking a picture of yourself in purple (the color for domestic violence awareness) and send it to Jeni at email@example.com by October 7th. We will compile these photos and post them on Facebook and on our website later in the month.
For the second year in a row, we are partnering with area libraries in Bloomer, Cadott, Chippewa Falls, and Stanley to read and discuss a book that includes the theme of domestic violence. On October 27th at 6pm via Zoom, we will be discussing The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah. Please email Jeni at firstname.lastname@example.org for the link to join!
Join our Domestic Violence Program staff in a “myths and facts” discussion throughout the month of October. This pre-recorded discussion can be accessed via our Facebook page and on our website. Additionally, we will be holding two live listening sessions on October 22nd at 10:30am and 5:30pm to discuss any aspects of domestic violence that community members want to hear or talk more about. Please email Cara at email@example.com for the link to the listening session, and specify which time you would like to participate in.
As they have in past years, 430 AM and Bridge Street Brew (both in Chippewa Falls) will be labeling their cups with information about DVAM and Family Support Center, so stop by and grab a drink and learn more about Family Support Center. New this year, Goldsmith Coffee Bar (Chippewa Falls), Barnabas Coffee House (Chippewa Falls), and Xpeditions (Bloomer) are joining us in spreading awareness and hope!
For the third year in a row, we are partnering with over 100 area agencies to display purple ribbon posters throughout October. Purple ribbons are the official symbol of Domestic Violence Awareness Month and have historically been a symbol of hope, visibility, and sanctuary for those experiencing domestic violence. If you know of an area agency that would be interested in displaying this poster, please contact us!
We will also have 13 displays at locations throughout the community where you can learn more about dynamics of violence and how to support survivors.
And as important as it is to celebrate survivors, it is also a time to mourn those who we have lost to domestic violence. Every year, End Abuse Wisconsin publishes an annual homicide report of those who have been killed as a result of domestic violence the prior year. This report identifies that in 2019, domestic violence claimed 72 known lives in Wisconsin.
To this end, beginning on October 1st 2020, Family Support Center and Chippewa Falls Police Department are implementing an evidence-based lethality assessment protocol (LAP) to identify those with the highest lethality risks and instigating early intervention. Evidence-based studies show that one major factor in reducing the risk of lethality in domestic violence cases is a connection to a domestic violence service provider. However, only approximately 6% of homicide victims nation-wide are connected to services prior to being killed as a result of a domestic incident. LAP attempts to make this connection as soon as possible after law enforcement responds to a domestic call with those who are at the highest risk of being killed by an intimate partner.
Follow us on Facebook and check out our website for additional events and information throughout DVAM. We look forward to coming together as a community to raise awareness and show support for survivors of domestic violence.
Any questions or clarifications, or to talk about the possibility of a virtual presentation this month, please don’t hesitate to contact Jeni at firstname.lastname@example.org