October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month which strives to give a voice to those who have experienced violence in their intimate relationships.
“Domestic Violence Month is important because darkness cannot survive light,” says Jody Reiss, Executive Director of Safenet. “Help us shine a light during the month of October. There are many ways to support Safenet and we would love to connect you.
In 2020, domestic violence peaked in 20 years. There have been 27,089 abuses by family members, current or former relatives and roommates reported to law enforcement agencies in Oklahoma. Abuse, including murder, sex crimes, threats and assaults, according to the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation.
For every 1,000 Oklahoma residents, 6.8 have been abused and advocates say many incidents go unreported. About 80 percent of the reported incidents were assault and battery. Sixty-one Oklahomans were murdered by their attacker last year.
To raise awareness and help prevent abuse, Safenet Services is hosting events throughout October to highlight National Domestic Violence Awareness Month.
Scheduled events include:
• Yoga and Mimosas at 10:15 am Saturdays at Taps on the Tracks, 512 W Will Rogers Blvd. In partnership with Ethos Yoga Studio and Tap on the Tracks, “Yoga and Mimosas” in October will benefit Safenet Services. Bring your mat and join us at Tap on the Tracks in downtown Claremore. The cost is $ 5 for the yoga session and all proceeds will go to Safenet services. Mimosas are extra. Reservation available via the Mindbody app, Ethos Yoga Studio
• Proclamation of Family Violence Awareness Month at 4 pm Monday at the Dr. Carolyn Taylor Center Ballroom at Rogers State University, 1701 W Will Rogers Blvd. Claremore City Manager John Feary will present the Proclamation for Domestic Violence Awareness for the month of October. Jody Reiss, Director of Safenet Services, will also share her thoughts on domestic violence. Joanna, the family lawyer at Safenet, will explain how yoga is used as an effective tool for mood management. Following the proclamation, Joanna will host a free yoga session.
• Wear purple all day Thursday, October 21. To give voice to victims who are often a silent minority, Safenet Services invites community members to wear purple to support domestic violence awareness on Thursday, October 21.
Since 1991, Safenet has advanced the well-being of women through security, opportunity and advocacy. The shelter is a refuge for survivors of abuse. Basic necessities and education are provided while protecting women and promoting their rights. Additionally, staff work with residents to help break the cycle of violence and create a healthy, empowered future. Clear and achievable goals are set and support is provided to help ensure success.
Safenet’s enduring belief is that a better life for all women leads to stronger families, communities and societies. For more information visit www.safenetservices.org