Data also indicates, however, that there are means of support. Faith-based organizations are regularly safe havens for victims. Employers and co-workers have the potential to increase victim safety through training on recognizing symptoms, supporting victims and making referrals. In reviewed cases, 75 percent of victims were employed outside of the home at the time of the homicide.
Support is available and generating greater awareness of these crimes is key.
There are 46 local domestic violence agencies across the state, which offer advice, support and shelter to domestic violence victims. You can call 1-800-33-HAVEN, or 1-800-334-2836. It is staffed 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Local events next week will provide resources and remembrance. The GC Women’s Center will conduct programs on assault all week long, culminating in the annual Take Back the Night survivor’s celebration on Thursday. This year’s annual march and candlelight vigil in recognition of the 30th anniversary of National Crime Victims Rights Week will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday. The march will lead community members from Bonner Park to the Baldwin County Courthouse on Wilkinson Street where family members touched by domestic violence will speak on those they’ve lost.
We must remember their names. We must remember their stories. We must remember, that any life lost to this type of senseless violence is one life too many.