Domestic violence occurs in an estimated 4 million intimate relationships each year in the United States. The Surgeon General of the United States reports that domestic violence causes more injury to adult women than cancers, heart attacks, or strokes. FBI statistics point out that a woman is battered every 15-18 seconds in the United States. More than three million children witness domestic violence, and more than four million women are battered to death by their husbands or boyfriends each year.
Domestic violence and abuse can happen to anyone, regardless of size, gender, economic status, religion or strength, yet the problem is often overlooked, excused, or denied. This is especially true when the abuse is psychological, rather than physical. Emotional abuse is often minimized, yet it can leave deep and lasting scars. Noticing and acknowledging the warning signs and symptoms of domestic violence and abuse is the first step to ending it.
We often hear about other health awareness events in our African American community, but not domestic violence. In my opinion, this seems to be a hidden topic that has unfortunately become an acceptance and disregarded as if it’s not a serious issue. I am a 14 year survivor and I am taking a stand!
Since October of 2011, I have become an independent non-traditional Domestic Violence Advocate & Facilitator working closely with Sojourner Family Peace Center and Asha Family Services. I work with both former batterers and survivors and continue to speak and teach within the community and afar bringing awareness. I have also spoken at two press conferences with Governor Scott Walker regarding domestic violence awareness and am one out of twelve individuals in the entire state of Wisconsin to be accepted End Abuse (formerly WI Coalition Against Domestic Violence) "WE LEAD" Leadership Academy for a year long program. For more information regarding my background, I invite you to visit my website at www.JodineBasterash.com.
I am currently planning the 3rd Annual “Speak Your Peace” Domestic Violence Awareness event to take place during Domestic Violence Awareness month on October 25, 2013. This event will include a program on Friday night with an open mic (Speakers, poets, survivors, former abusers), music, dancing, performances and Jill Scott's guitarist - Shonn Hinton Band. The proceeds will be given to Asha Family Services domestic violence agency.
I hope I can count on you to help bring awareness to our community by inviting you to our event on Friday night at the Astor Hotel. Doors will open at 7:30pm, but the program will start at 9:00pm and will last approximately 60-75 minutes. There will be music, dancing and socializing/networking before and after the program.
If you have any additional questions, or know of anyone who may be interested in sponsorship or vendor tables, please call (414) 213-0050.
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