Domestic Violence Awareness Month

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM) and all month we’ll be celebrating survivors and inviting you to join our efforts  to end domestic violence in our community. Did you know?
  • 1 in 4 women will experience domestic violence in her lifetime.
  • Intimate partner violence accounts for 15% of all violent crime. 2
  • Women between the ages of 18-24 are most commonly abused by an intimate partner.2
  • Family Services sheltered 131 women and 114 children last year at Karen’s House Emergency Domestic Violence Shelter.
  • Family Services responded to 426 crisis calls on the domestic violence hotline last year– a 35% increase from 2013.
Family Services provides 24-hour crisis response and emergency shelter to men, women, and children affected by domestic violence.  We also provide wrap-around services  including support groups, case management, financial empowerment training, and legal services for victims.  Learn more. We can’t do it alone– we need your support.  Join us for these 2016 Domestic Violence Awareness Month activities:

September 28-October 25: The Purple Purse Challenge
We are competing with 200 other amazing domestic violence programs across the U.S. to see who can raise the most funds from their local community.  The Allstate Foundation has selected Family Services as a Community Partner in its 2016 Purple Purse Challenge, a national campaign to ignite public awareness and fundraising for financial empowerment services benefiting domestic violence survivors.     We will also have the opportunity to win additional donations from The Allstate Foundation through various fundraising contests. The organization that raises the most wins an additional $100,000.  The challenge takes place September 28-October 25, and you can be part of it by donating through our Challenge Page!

October 8: The Purple Party (2016 Event SOLD OUT – contact Erica at 559.732.1970 to be placed on the interest list)
Join us for an evening of fun to celebrate survivors and be part of Family Services’ efforts to end domestic violence in our community. Event proceeds will benefit Karen’s House, our 33-bed emergency domestic violence shelter for women and children fleeing abuse.  The Purple Party, hosted at the Visalia Rawhide Hall of Fame Club, will feature hors d’oeuvres, cocktails, a purple photo booth, a silent auction, and the critical impact of Family Services’ prevention and intervention programs for local survivors and their children.  More info.

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