October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month
I have seen too many battered faces.
I have seen too many children with eyes full of fear, confusion and pain.
I have seen chaos, brutality and abuse.
And I have seen hope, healing and empowerment.
I would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge and thank those who work to end violence in our communities. Thank you to the advocates, activists, counselors, social workers and law enforcement professionals and thank you to the volunteers.
If you are or think you may be the victim of domestic violence, contact the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-SAFE (7233).
The Hotline is staffed 24 hours a day by trained counselors who can provide crisis assistance and information about shelters, legal advocacy, health care centers, and counseling.
For more information, view the Feminist Majority Foundation’s List of Internet Resources.
In St. Louis city and county, Women’s Support and Family Services is a fantabulous resource. Since 1976, WSFS has helped thousands of women and teens break the cycle of violence.
The Crisis Line is available 24 hours a day 314-531-2003.
For more information about Women’s Support and Family Services check out this link.