October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month in Wichita

Lester Mason
October 13, 2017

October is national Domestic Violence Awareness Month and the task force organizes different initiatives each year to highlight this important issue.

It's a partnership among the several agencies, including the St. Johns County Sheriff's Office and the State Attorney's Office, and advocates for victims of domestic violence.

"We exist, and if there are problems in your relationship that include violence, that is not okay", says New Hope Director Suzi Fode.

Schmidt says WIN offers victims emotional support, teaching of life-skills, and getting female victims of domestic violence ready to become productive community residents, and hopefully break that cycle of domestic violence in their families. If you see that this is happening to you or someone you love, there are resources to help you. All programs and services are free and confidential, including emergency prevention education and empowerment programs. With almost one in three women facing the potential for domestic assault in New Mexico, their need is great, and support even greater. Human nature is for us to pretend that it doesn't happen in our community and that it doesn't happen to people we know. They also have outstations in Othello, Mattawa, and Quincy and will come to other sides of Grant and Adams County if someone needs help and can not reach an office. "When you ask people, "Are you in favor of healthy relationships for yourself and friends and family?" most answer with a resounds, 'Yes!'"

For after hours, there is a 24 hour helpline which can be reached at 1-888-560-6027.

Thousands of dollars in in state grants are going toward helping victims of domestic abuse in the Southern Tier.

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