ADRIAN, Mich.--Don't stay silent. It's time to speak up all month long. With that mantra, Adrian College Athletics has joined forces with the Catherine Cobb Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Shelter to promote Domestic Violence Awareness Month, supporting advocacy and awareness in October.
Domestic violence affects millions, both women and men, of every race, religion, culture and status. It's not just punches and black eyes -- it's yelling, humiliation, stalking, manipulation, coercion, threats and isolation. It's stealing a paycheck, keeping tabs online, non-stop texting, constant use the silent treatment, or calling someone stupid so often they believe it.
Since the Violence Against Women Act passed in 1994, we've come a long way. This landmark legislation, led by then-Senator Joe Biden, combined new provisions that hold offenders accountable and provide programs and services for victims. Between 1993 and 2010, the overall rate of domestic violence dropped nearly two-thirds and state laws have reformed to address issues such as dating abuse in the workplace, stalking, employment discrimination and more.
Adrian College teams in the past have worked with us, so it's nice that the entire department is behind our campaign efforts, executive director of the shelter Jill Hicks said. "We appreciate the support of the Bulldogs!"
Adrian College athletics director Michael Duffy added: "Our teams of student-athletes and coaches love to take part and have pride in community service. Domestic violence of any kind is not tolerable and has no place in our society, so we are more than willing to help support our community partner, the Catherine Cobb Safe House, for such a great cause."
Catherine Cobb Safe House staff will attend the Bulldogs women's volleyball game on Saturday, Oct. 12 versus Olivet (11 a.m.), the American Collegiate Hockey Association (ACHA) Division 1 men's hockey game on Friday, Oct. 25 against Liberty (7 p.m., Minor Hockey / AOTHA Night) and the men's soccer game on Wednesday, Oct. 30 versus Hope (7 p.m., Senior Night). Student-athletes plan to wear something purple on their persons. Tables will be set up in the lobby area of the Merillat Sport & Fitness Center and Arrington Ice Arena with T-shirts, wristbands and informational pamphlets. Spectators are encouraged to wear purple to the games to show your support!
The Catherine Cobb Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Shelter is a program of the non-profit organization, Family Counseling & Children's Services in Lenawee County dedicated to ending domestic violence. The guiding principles of the program are based on a strengths-based, solution-focused philosophy, in which clients have voice, ownership and access. Counseling, advocacy and safety planning are available to clients regardless of whether they are in the process of leaving, have already left, or even if they are not planning to leave their partners. All services, both residential and non-residential, are free, voluntary and confidential. In order to achieve the program's mission, the following services are offered: crisis line, shelter, children's programming, legal advocacy, counseling, transitional supportive housing, non-residential services, support groups and first response team. Phone the shelter at (517) 265-6776 or toll-free 800-874-5936.
The first national domestic violence awareness month campaign began in 1981 by the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence as a Day of Unity to connect battered women's advocates across the country.
For more information and to seek other opportunities to support Lenawee County survivors, please stay tuned to the Catherine Cobb Safe House Facebook page and website at www.fccsoflenawee.org. Here are the warning signs of domestic violence.
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(Editor's note: The Break the Cycle blog contributed to this report.)