SAVANNAH, Ga. (WSAV) — Each minute, almost 20 folks in america are bodily abused by their companion, in line with the Nationwide Coalition In opposition to Home Violence.
October is Home Violence Consciousness Month and a Savannah group is internet hosting occasions to honor individuals who have misplaced their lives to home violence, in addition to survivors.
The SAFE Shelter in Savannah provides 24/7, confidential providers to victims of home violence. In 2020, the shelter acquired greater than 1,400 disaster calls. The SAFE Shelter additionally operates short-term housing for victims of home violence.
Home violence can contain intimidation, bodily assault, sexual assault or different abusive habits, in line with SAFE Shelter employees.
“If you happen to’re in a relationship and you’re scared of that individual that may very well be an enormous crimson flag,” stated Cheryl Department, government director of SAFE Shelter. “I imply, everyone argues, that’s life. However in case you are afraid of that individual and if that individual has threatened you with what’s going to occur in the event you go away, something like that — all you must do is decide up the telephone,”
On Friday, Various neighborhood members, together with Savannah Mayor Van Johnson and a number of Savannah Cops, confirmed their assist on the group’s candlelight vigil at Forsyth Park. On Monday, Oct. 4, the group can be again at Forsyth Park beginning at 8:30 a.m. to tie purple ribbons across the timber as a part of consciousness month.
The group will host its annual gala on Nov. 20. Organizers are intending for it to be in-person at The Palmetto Membership on the Landings.
If you happen to or somebody you recognize is in a home violence disaster, you’ll be able to name the SAFE Shelter hotline at 912-629-8888.