Tillamook County Women’s Resource Center (TCWRC) staffers want to shed a purple light on domestic violence and county officials have pledged their support.
By Ann Powers
The Tillamook County Board of Commissioners unanimously agreed on a proclamation recognizing October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month, following a TCWRC presentation during the board’s Sept. 21 meeting.
Purple is the color for Domestic Violence Awareness Month. TCWRC officials are asking community members, businesses, local governments and other groups to display purple lights and ribbons throughout October to show their allegiance to the cause.
“What you’re doing helps the whole community,” Commissioner Tim Josi told TCWRC staff members. “Little by little it helps the entire society grow up and be responsible.”
TCWRC officials said since the passage of the Violence Against Women Act nearly 20 years ago, society’s response to domestic violence has significantly improved.
However, studies show one in four women, and one in seven men, nationwide still suffer serious physical violence at the hands of an intimate partner at least once during their lifetimes. Every day, three women die in the U.S. as a result of domestic violence and millions live in silent fear within their own homes.
Moreover, children can be negatively affected for life when witnessing violence in the household. It may influence their learning ability, physical health, emotional wellbeing and mental stability, according to TCWRC Executive Director Kathleen Marvin.
“It’s really amazing how broad the impact is,” she said. “If you don’t think you know anybody, you do. Our work is not done, but change is possible.”
Some of TCWRC’s activities planned throughout October include:
- Oct. 12 – Art and Resilience in Practice, 5:30 p.m. A therapeutic art workshop incorporating art as a healing tool for survivors of domestic violence and trauma in the community. This is part of an ongoing monthly series TCWRC offers for learning opportunities on various topics. RSVP to 503-842-9486 or email@example.com.
- Oct. 26 – Trauma Informed Care, 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. at the Tillamook Library. Learn skills and tools to put this concept into practice, presented by Allison Brady from SAFE of Columbia County. Bring your own lunch. RSVP to Emily Fanjoy at 503-842-8294 firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Oct. 28 – Memorial Walk, noon. The walk honors victims if intimate partner violence. Meet at TCWRC, 1902 Second St. in Tillamook, to start. The walk (or drive) will continue to Carnahan Park for TCWRC’s annual commemoration.
In addition to bringing awareness to domestic violence, Marvin said October’s activities will help bring awareness to the center – which also serves men who are victims.
“A lot of people in the community don’t know we exist and how to find us,” she said.
TCWRC is located at 1902 Second St. in Tillamook. For purple ribbons, lights or more information, contact the center at 503-842-8294 or visit the website at tcwrc.net.