October is National Domestic Violence awareness Month and the members of the Alexander County Offender-Focused Domestic Violence Initiative have produced a short public service announcement video to help bring awareness to the issue of domestic violence in Alexander County. Every year, people who live in abusive relationships suffer silently at the hand of their spouse or loved one while help is only a phone call away. The goal of the video is to bring public awareness to the one word that should never characterize victims of domestic violence; SILENCE! Whether it is the victim who is scared to report the abuse, a family member who witnesses abuse but fails to report it, or the bystander who knows it is going on but doesn’t want to get involved domestic violence victims are needlessly living in silent suffering at the hand of their abuser.
The Shelter Home of Caldwell County offers free services to assist victims of domestic violence with basic needs such as emergency shelter, counseling, court advocacy, and other vital services. The OFDVI team al the Alexander County Sheriff’s Office works closely with the Shelter Home staff to identify victims of abuse and get them the help they need. We are asking for your help this month to raise awareness to the prevalence of Domestic Violence in and around Alexander County. Will you help us to “Break the Silence to End the Violence”?