JAYME TEALE: October is time to help understand domestic violence

TO THE EDITOR:

What comes to mind when you see the color purple?

Grapes? Plums? Irises?

Hopefully, when you see the color purple this month, you think about domestic violence, because October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. You may have some questions or misconceptions about domestic violence, and that is what this month is all about – answering questions, clarifying misconceptions and hopefully, in the process, reaching out to those who need help.

During the month of October, Women’s Information Service, Inc. (WISE) is out in the community promoting domestic violence awareness. Keep an eye out for the purple table tents at local restaurants who have generously agreed to let us utilize this space. In Newaygo County, we offered presentations at the Rotary and Eagles Clubs. Our Children’s Advocate presented to faculty at Newaygo County High Schools.

In Osceola County, presentations were given to the local AARP and chambers of commerce. WISE was represented at the Reed City Fall Festival, and skits were performed to students in Evart and Reed City high schools.

Mecosta County Advocates made presentations to Department of Human Services workers so that they may better understand the dynamics of domestic violence. WISE also presented to the faculty of Big Rapids and Morley/Stanwood schools as well as the Mecosta/Osceola Intermediate School District.

Two excellent fundraisers benefitting the Mecosta/Osceola United Way. First, Head to Toe Salon in Reed City and Details Salon in Evart are providing purple hair extensions this month with a portion of the proceeds going to fight domestic violence in our communities.

Second, “Rocktober” will be held from 6 p.m. until midnight Saturday at the Sawmill Saloon, with proceeds going to the Mecosta/Osceola United Way to help end domestic violence. Local bands will be featured and a costume contest with cash prizes will be offered. Cover is $6 with a costume, $8 without.

WISE offers free and confidential 24-hour services to those affected by domestic violence. If you or someone you know is in need of help, please call (800) 374-WISE (9473).

JAYME TEALE

Mecosta County Outreach advocate, WISE

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