Domestic Violence Awareness

Coahoma Observes Domestic Violence Awareness Month

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM). In observance, Coahoma Community College is planning on providing a wealth of information and support services to spread the word about DVAM.

Coahoma Observes Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Press Release from Coahoma Community College Public Relations; (662) 621-4061 - Marriel Hardy

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Tue Oct 22, 2019

Domestic Violence Awareness

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM). In observance, Coahoma Community College is planning on providing a wealth of information and support services to spread the word about DVAM.

According to the United States Department of Justice website, domestic violence is a serious violent crime that includes both physical and emotional abuse. It is frequently hidden from public view. Many victims suffer in silence, afraid to seek help or not knowing where to turn. The traumatic effects of domestic violence also extend beyond the abused person, impacting family members and communities. Children often witness violence or become victims themselves. Stalking is a common and very dangerous tactic used by perpetrators of domestic violence and can pose challenges for victims seeking help.

Kenneth Gooden, program coordinator, believes college students will benefit the most from gaining education on domestic violence.

“If you look at the history of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, you will realize that it evolved from the Day of Unity held on October 1981. The intent was to connect advocates across the nation who were working to end violence. It is important because it allows us to remember those who have died because of domestic violence, celebrate those who have survived and provide greater resources to those who continue to work to stop domestic violence,” said Gooden. “Even with increased awareness and resources it continues to be an under-reported crime because of fear and cultural norms. It is important because the only way to truly break this cycle is with people who are informed on this issue and understand the role bystander intervention plays in ending domestic violence.”

Domestic Violence AwarenessThroughout October, Coahoma Community College’s Dating and Domestic Violence Prevention Program will be working to raise awareness about the need to end domestic violence on college campuses and explain how you can get involved.  The unit will be teaming with advocates and community partners to take a stand against intimate partner violence by addressing the prevention, intervention, and collaborative response to domestic violence through educational campaigns and newsworthy events throughout this month and beyond.

“The campus community should be concerned and get involved because this is not somebody else's problem; it is all of our problem. Why would I say that? Because every 9 seconds, a woman in the U.S. is beaten or assaulted by a current or ex-significant other,” Gooden added.

“One in four women and one in five men have experienced physical violence in interpersonal relationships. Chances are someone we know has experienced domestic violence. But first and foremost, a college has the responsibility to address the needs of its students, which includes providing a safe and healthy learning environment.”

For more information, contact Kenneth Gooden, program coordinator at 662-621-4666 or Renee L. Hall, prevention liaison/counselor at 662-621-4858.