Did you know that one person can make a difference in the life of someone experiencing domestic violence? And that person can be you. It may be surprising to learn that over 300 people per day are facing an abusive relationship in New Hampshire alone. October is domestic violence awareness month. Let us make October 2021 about coming together as a community in ending domestic violence. This can be done through removing stigmas associated with violence, listening to victims without judgement, learning about resources to support those impacted by violence, or volunteering at a crisis center.
One thing every person can do right now to make a difference is to help stop the shame and guilt surrounding abuse. It is all too common that these feelings lead to the isolation experienced by those enduring violence. The stigmas can come from even well-intentioned family members and friends, as well as extended networks like employers and work colleagues. We can all do our part by supporting those experiencing domestic abuse by listening to what they have to say without judgement, whether they choose to remain or leave their situation. It is easy to point fingers, but it is hard to be the one being controlled financially, emotionally, and/or physically and unsure how to safely navigate it.
Those who find themselves in an abusive relationship may not know the path out and others can help by becoming more informed about domestic violence. Experience has shown us that a person is most at risk of being killed by an intimate partner when they try to leave. When safe to do so, placing a victim in touch with a crisis center or seeking information on their behalf can assist with safety planning. It can be an effective tool to use whether one is leaving or remaining in their situation. If you or someone you know is experiencing domestic violence, Turning Points Network is here to help. Our services are free and confidential.
If you would like to go even one step further in being a part of the solution, we still have a few spots left in our volunteer training. We also offer a variety of community education and workplace trainings free of charge.
OUR TURN is a public service series by Turning Points Network (TPN) serving all of Sullivan County with offices in Claremont and Newport. We provide wraparound supports for survivors of domestic and sexual violence, stalking, and sex trafficking and we present violence-prevention education programs in our schools. For more than 40 years, TPN has helped people of all ages move toward living with respect, healing, and hope that we all deserve. We can be reached 24/7 on our crisis and support line at 1.800.639.3130. Between 9-4 Monday-Friday, we are available on our chatline at www.turningpointsnetwork.org or by text at 603.506.6553.