You will see a lot of purple in color over the next month in support of victims of domestic violence. October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and the New Bedford Women’s Center is leading the charge in raising awareness and helping victims of this horrific crime.
Women’s Center director Pamela McCloud Lima said this week the problem will not go away. A national organization reports that there are 10 million cases of domestic violence each year in the United States, but according to Lima, that’s just the number of cases that are reported. Lima said there were probably millions of other incidents that go unreported.
Speaking this week on Town square sundayLima said as outdoor marches and usual indoor vigils will be reduced this month due to the threat of COVID-19, the Women’s Center will still carry its message of hope and safety on its website. , cable TV, radio and social media.
Lima said we can all do something to stop the tide of domestic violence. She urged everyone to talk about it, not just in October but throughout the year. Lima also suggested keeping your eyes open. If a friend seems withdrawn or if bruises appear that you’ve never seen before, speak up and call the police or the Women’s Center for help.
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