CHI St. Alexius Health is celebrating Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM) throughout October 2017. Our dedicated associates will be welcoming opportunities to tell domestic violence victims about the help and services that are available to them, educating the public, and inspiring action to end all forms of domestic violence.
The statistics associated with domestic violence are astounding. One in four women and one in seven men have experienced severe physical violence at the hands of an intimate partner; this doesn’t even begin to reflect those who experience verbal, psychological or sexual abuse. According to CAWS North Dakota, the state sexual and domestic violence coalition, last year 5,218 new domestic violence victims received services from local crisis intervention programs across ND.
CHI St. Alexius Health understands the impact experiencing violence has on health and wellbeing of victims and society as a whole, but we believe together we can end domestic violence. That’s why we’re inviting you to join us in speaking up and taking action throughout DVAM.
CHI St. Alexius Health is encouraging associates and the greater community to take small steps for big change; including:
♦ Creating awareness for domestic violence by wearing purple and displaying posters throughout the month of October in recognition of the victims and survivors of domestic violence.
♦ Celebrating Health Cares About Domestic Violence Day on October 11. This is a day to recognize the connection between experiencing violence and health risks. CHI associates and community members are invited to sign the pledge to end domestic violence at www.nomore.org, host a free domestic violence (DV) training for your staff or community group (call 530-4973 to schedule), stock DV resources and materials in your workplace, and have conversations with others about DV.
♦ Participating in #PurpleThursday on October 19. This is a day for CHI associates and community members to join with folks across the country in wearing purple to create DV awareness. Wear purple, take a photo, and share it on our Facebook page for a chance to win a prize.
Along with seven other Catholic Health Initiative facilities in North Dakota, CHI St. Alexius Health is taking part in the ND Violence Prevention Program sponsored by CHI’s Mission and Ministry Fund. The Violence Prevention Program is working to strengthen the way intimate partner violence is addressed by providing training to professionals on ways to better assist victims of intimate partner violence and by providing healthy relationship education to individuals.
To learn more or get involved visit ND Violence Prevention Program.