National Domestic Violence Awareness Month


VIOLENCE AWARENESS MONTH AND LOCAL ORGANIZATIONS FOCUSED ON HELPING VICTIMS – HOPE IT’S AN OPPORTUNITY TO EDUCATE. BO: ONE ORGANIZATION IN LENOIR CITY IS FOCUSED ON IMMEDIATE PLACEMENT FOR VICTIMS WHO HAVE TO LEAVE THE SPACE THEY’RE LIVING IN BECAUSE OF ABUSE. THEY’RE USING THE ADDED ATTENTION THIS MONTH AS AN OPPORTUNITY TO TURN AWARENESS INTO ACTION. KRISTIN: IN OUR TOP STORY TONIGHT – WATE 6 ON YOUR SIDE REPORTER MADISEN KEAVY LEARNS HOW ORGANIZATIONS LIKE IVA’S PLACE ARE CALLING ON THE COMMUNITY WITH WAYS YOU CAN HELP RIGHT NOW. MADISEN: PROVIDING WRAP AROUND SERVICES FOR VICTIMS OF DOMESTIC ABUSE REQUIRES A TEAM WILLING TO HELP IN EVERY AREA. CHRIS EVANS- LONGMIRE: 45:07 “EVIDENCE BASED TRAUMA FOCUSED THERAPY, BUDGETING, LIFE SKILLS, PARENTING CLASSES, COMMUNITY LIVING, WHAT DO YOU NEED TO HAPPEN? WHAT IS YOUR IMMEDIATE NEED?” MADISEN: IMMEDIATE PLACEMENT, OUT OF DANGER AND AWAY FROM AN ABUSER IS ONLY THE FIRST STEP IN SECURING A SAFER LIFE FOR VICTIMS. IN FACT, JUST RECOGNIZING SOMEONE IS IN NEED OF HELP… OR LIVING IN DANGER CAN CHANGE THE OUTCOME OF A VICTIM’S LIFE. “SO MANY PEOPLE ARE UNDER THE IMPRESSION, IT LOOKS A CERTAIN WAY, IT HAPPENS TO CERTAIN PEOPLE, AND IT HAPPENS IN A CERTAIN PART OF TOWN. THAT IS JUST NOT TRUE. THOSE ARE NOT FACTS AT ALL. IN FACT, TENNESSEE RANKS 5TH IN THE NATION OF PEOPLE THAT ARE KILLED BY AN INTIMATE PARTNER.” MADISEN: CHRIS EVANS-LONGMIRE IS THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF IVA’S PLACE. THAT STATISTIC IS JUST ONE EXAMPLE AS TO WHY AWARENESS… AND ACTION ARE CRUCIAL. 48:03 “NOT ONLY AS NEIGHBORS, AS CHURCH MEMBERS AS FRIENDS, BUT AS LAW ENFORCEMENT… WHEN THEY GET TO THE SCENE THE KIND OF QUESTIONS THEY ASK, SO THE VICTIM DOESN’T FEEL BLAMED.” MADISEN: ACTION IS COMMUNITY SUPPORT AND PARTNERHIP. THAT COULD BE WITH BUSINESSES, HELPING VICTIMS PROVIDE FOR THEMSELVES AND FIND A JOB. OR CHILDCARE CENTERS WILLING TO PARTNER WITH NONPROFITS THAT WORK TO BREAK THE CYCLE OF ABUSE. CHRIS EVANS LONGMIRE: “IF WE CAN TAKE THOSE THINGS OFF THE TABLE, WE MAY HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY NOW TO TURN AROUND HER LIFE CYCLE… HER HISTORY… TURN IT AROUND.” MADISEN: EVANS- LONGMIRE SAYS THAT ANYONE WILLING TO HELP CAN REACH OUT TO IVA’S PLACE, OR NONPROFITS LIKE IT, AND THE REST THEY’LL WORK ON TOGETHER. REPORTING IN KNOXVILE, MADISEN KEAVY, WATE 6 ON YOUR SIDE. BO: THANK YOU MADISEN… LAST YEAR IN KNOXVILLE AND KNOX COUNTY ALONE – LAW ENFORCEMENT RESPONDED TO MORE THAN 18 THOUSAND DOMESTIC VIOLENCE-RELATED CALLS.. KRISTIN: STATE-WIDE – THE T-B-I REPORTING MORE THAN 70 THOUSAND VICTIMS OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE… IVA’S PLACE SERVING HUNDREDS OF THOSE VICTIMS… FROM FEBRUARY TO NOW WE’RE TOLD THEY’VE SERVED MORE THAN 300 BED NIGHTS… MEANING MORE THAN 300 TIMES THEY’VE TAKEN IN SOMEONE WHO NEEDED IMMEDIATE CARE… HERE IN KNOXVILLE – THE Y-W-C-A TELLING US THEY’VE SERVE MORE THAN 1 THOUSAND WOMEN AND CHILDREN JUST IN THE LAST YEAR. BO: TO HELP SPREAD AWARENESS – THE Y-W-C-A IS SELLING PURPLE RIBBONS THROUGHOUT THE MONTH… FOR 5 DOLLARS A PIECE. THESE RIBBONS SHOW YOU SUPPORT THE CAUSE – BUT THEY ALSO HAVE RESOURCES PRINTED ON THEM – SO YOU COULD HELP SOMEONE IN YOUR COMMUNITY GET THE HELP THEY NEED. TO BUY A RIBBON – OR FOR A LOOK AT RESOURCES AVAILABLE HERE IN EAST TENNESSEE… JUST HEAD TO OUR WEBSITE – WATE DOT COM AND CLICK ON THE AS SEEN ON SECTION. KRISTIN: TIME NOW TO TALK ABOUT THE WEATHER… METEOROLOGIST KEN WEATHERS

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