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Domestic Violence Awareness Month

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

Domestic violence can happen to anyone and is often overlooked.  Many victims suffer in silence.  We, as a community, must break the silence and start speaking out and asking others to speak out.  This is the only way we can break the chain of silence and let everyone, especially the victims, know they are safe in opening up and seeking help.  Let’s hold the batterer accountable not the victim.  Help them protect their children.  Children in these violence homes suffer tremendously.   As the violence increases in the home, these children are 65 to 75% more likely to fall victim of abuse as well.  We can change things for the next generation by helping stop this horrible crime.

Abuse Counseling and Treatment, Inc. celebrates 37 years serving the communities of Lee, Hendry and Glades Counties offering 24-hour hotline, safe emergency shelter, counseling, children’s program, outreach counseling and assistance throughout the judicial system.

Speak up, let them know it’s ok.  Ok to talk about it, Ok to seek help.  Be a voice.  Let’s strive to end this crime.

October is Domestic Violence Awareness month.  Show your support to victims of domestic violence by wearing a purple ribbon, spread the word, educate others,  volunteer or make a donation to help make a difference in the lives of the victims in our community.

To join us in our fight against domestic violence, call us at 239-939-2553 and if you or someone you know needs our help or just wants to talk about, our 24-hour hotline is 239-939-3112 or toll-free 1-800-500-1119.  All services are free of charge.

Jennifer L. Benton, Chief Executive Officer

Abuse Counseling and Treatment, Inc.