Advocates working to break the cycle during Domestic Violence Awareness month
SALISBURY, Md. – “It’s okay to ask for help, we will be better for you, we will help you we will support you and it’s okayt to leave,” said Eastern Shore Psychological Services CEO, Dr. Kathy Seifert.
For the entire month of October, advocates on Delmarva are raising awareness about domestic violence that can often end with fatal results.
“When a partner leaves an abusive relationship, that is the time that the person is most likely to be killed,” said Dr. Seifert.
According to domestic violence advocates nearly 1 in 4 women and 1 in 7 men will experience domestic violence in their lifetime.
“This can affect anyone from any socioeconomic stature the LGBTQ community, whether you’re young or old or a teen,” said SAFE program director at the People’s Place, Janell Stanton.
Which is why they say it’s critical now more than ever before to break the cycle by raising awareness about the services that are available for victims here on Delmarva and across the world.
“It could be as simple as talking to a hotline counselor, or it could be deciding tonight’s Day that I’m going to leave this situation. It can take approximately seven times before someone decides to leave so we are a resource if they go back,” said Stanton.
We’re told the people’s place counseling center also offers services to the Latino population who often struggle to get help due to language barriers.
“Being in this area, we don’t offer too many services in Spanish so it is important for them to know where to go whenever they have a need,” said Abriendo Puertas program director at the People’s Place, Nancy Castellanos.
And advocates hope that once these victims know how much support they have, they’ll have the courage to put themselves first.
“Our job is to educate the community and just provide them the services that they need and for them to understand that they have services and they have rights,” said Castellanos.
In addition to the People’s Place that’s located in Milford, there’s also the life crisis center in Salisbury. Child Incorporated in Georgetown, and a number of other organizations across Delmarva that can help you or someone you know get the help they need.