, Corbin, KY

October 2, 2012

Domestic violence is ignored too often

The Times-Tribune

CORBIN — Can you count the number of times that you have picked up this paper or another newspaper and read that there has been another domestic violence incident in the area in which you reside? Did you stop and think how many people are affected by just one incident? How many children, families, friends, coworkers, church members, employers and extended families are affected by just one domestic violence incident?   

All of these questions come into play more and more often in our daily life. Did you know that every nine seconds in the U.S. a woman is assaulted or beaten? Did you know that studies suggest that up to 10 million children are witnesses to domestic violence each year? Did you know that one in three women have been beaten, coerced into sex or otherwise abused during her lifetime and the abuser is most often a member of her own family? Did you know that domestic violence victims lose nearly eight million days of paid work per year in the U.S. alone which is the equivalent of 32,000 full-time jobs?

Too often domestic violence is just ignored. Sadly, many people still believe it is a private matter and therefore, they should not get involved. Domestic violence effects all of us regardless of age, race, socioeconomic status or gender. We all have a responsibility in taking a stand to eliminate domestic violence in our community! What will you do?

October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month and in recognition, the Whitley County/Corbin Domestic Violence Council and the Family Life Abuse Center will host a Power Up Conference for women. The keynote speaker will be Rep. Regina Bunch. A free lunch will be donated by Bubby’s BBQ and giveaways will be given to all who preregister. There will be informative workshops and a fashion show sponsored by Maurice’s. The conference will be held at 10 a.m. Oct. 27 at Corbin High School.

For more information, see the Community Events section, pick up a registration form at Maurice’s or The Beauty Shop, or contact Dana Brown at 606 392-1101. For more information about joining the Whitley County/Corbin Domestic Violence Council, contact Dana Brown at 606 392-1101.

Cecelia White,

Representative from the Whitley County/Corbin Domestic Violence Council