Domestic Violence Awareness Month: Tips to keep you safe


KEEPING YOU SAFE-October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Domestic violence affects one in four women and one in seven men in the U.S.

According to Jennifer Peters- the Programs Director at Hope Harbour, signs to lookout for are as follows: jealousy, constantly keeping you from friends and family, she says  sometimes this can sound like a sweet gesture.

Peters also says: checking your text messages, controlling your money,

and keeping tabs on you are some other common signs.

Peters explains some of the different kinds of domestic violence they’ve seen right here in Columbus at Hope Harbour.

“We’ve seen everything from the verbal and emotional, to people coming in with broken arms, black eyes, broken eye sockets, in a neck brace, being stabbed, you name it we’ve seen it,” says Peters.

She says it’s also important to note Georgia is the number one state for teen dating violence.

Victims of domestic violence should contact the Hope Harbour hotline at (706)-324-3850.

You can go the shelter and get help at no cost at all.

Those looking to help Hope Harbour continue to run can donate to the cause, by also calling the hotline.

Hope Harbour will be holding a few more events as part of Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

October 25th

Movie Night at the Columbus Public Library from 5:30 p.m.- 8:00 p.m. Attendees will watch “The Perfect Guy”. A Q and A panel with a staff member, domestic violence survivor and and officers will take place afterwards.

October 26th– Healthy relationship support group will meet at the Outreach Office located at the Corporate Center, Suite 802.

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