Press Release: Domestic Violence Awareness Town Hall in Brevard, 2/18/19

For Immediate Release

CONTACT: Gailya Paliga, President of NC NOW

February 15, 2019

Domestic Violence Awareness Town Hall Event in Brevard

NC NOW (National Organization for Women), SAFE Transylvania, and Progress NC have come together to bring community awareness to this very real problem.

WHAT: Domestic Violence Awareness Town Hall
WHEN: Monday, February 18, 2019 from 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
WHERE: Scott Commons, Brevard College at 1 Brevard College Drive, Brevard, NC 28712

Brevard, NC Domestic violence is a serious issue in the US and in North Carolina.

Every 9 seconds in the US, a woman is assaulted or beaten. Intimate partner violence accounts for 15% of all violent crime. 19% of domestic violence involves a weapon. 72% of all murder-suicides involve an intimate partner. 94% of the victims of these murder-suicides are female. These numbers are even higher in rural areas.

“The most dangerous place for a woman in America is her own home,” said domestic violence activist and consultant Kit Gruelle. “Domestic violence crimes account for 40% of all calls to police and only half of the domestic violence incidents are reported. Across America, at least four women, on average, are murdered by abusive partners every day.”

Acts of domestic violence go largely unreported because the victims are afraid of violent retaliation from their partners. Victims of domestic violence should be heard without fear for their lives or their loved ones’ lives.

“It is a quandary. If women stay in abusive relationships (including marriages) they may be killed. Yet leaving triggers more violence in many cases. Better options including more support and more and better protections for victims,” says Gailya Paliga, President of NC National Organization for Women.

Join us for a 90 minute town hall where area experts and victims will discuss the challenges of domestic violence and sexual violence for victims in rural areas and ways to increase support and protection of these victims.

Domestic violence is defined as violent or aggressive behavior within the home, typically involving the violent abuse of a spouse or partner. In more detail, it can be described as “the willful intimidation, physical assault, battery, sexual assault, and/or other abusive behavior as part of a systematic pattern of power and control perpetrated by one intimate partner against another. It includes physical violence, sexual violence, threats, and emotional/psychological abuse.”

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