Forsyth Fountain Turns Purple for Domestic Violence Awareness Month on Monday

Forsyth Fountain Turns Purple for Domestic Violence Awareness Month on Monday
Three Oaks Realty and Bellamy Murphy Art Sponsored SAFE Shelter Awareness Event

WHO: SAFE Shelter Center for Domestic Violence Services

WHAT: Dyes Forsyth Fountain Purple

WHEN: Monday, October 26

WHERE: Forsyth Fountain

WHY: Three Oaks Realty and Bellamy Murphy Art volunteered to sponsor the 2015 dying of Forsyth fountain in an effort to increase the awareness of domestic violence and its impact on our community.

NOTES: SAFE Shelter displayed the Silent Witness Exhibit at the event. The Exhibit consists of 12 life-sized, red silhouettes, with 11 representing an actual person murdered in an act of domestic violence in Chatham County since 2011, plus one additional figure to represent those uncounted women whose murders went unsolved or were erroneously ruled accidental. Each silhouette also bears a “Plaque for Hearts” chest plate with the story of the person represented.

After the dying of the fountain, the Silent Witness Exhibit is moving to the Tybee Island City Hall building for the final week of Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

Every October, Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM) is observed in events across the country and right here in Savannah to bring to light an issue that effects our community in a staggering way.

Some quick facts:
• Savannah Chatham Metropolitan Police (SCMPD) responded to 3,696 domestic disturbance calls in 2014. In the United States, more than 10 million women and men are physically abused each year.
• In 2014, SAFE Shelter Center for Domestic Violence Services received 1,037 crisis calls.
• In 2014, SAFE Shelter Center for Domestic Violence provided services to 695 victims, including 383 children.
• SAFE Shelter is certified by the Criminal Justice Coordinating Council and offers assistance with Temporary Protective Orders (TPO) and Stalking Orders. In 2014, SAFE Shelter helped secure 58 TPOs; providing protective services to 162 victims, including 74 children.

CAPTION: (LEFT TO RIGHT) Lieutenant Robert Gavin, Stephanie Wilson-Evans, Meg Albertson, Jean Ahrens, Linda Huntoon, Sheila Grossman, Cheryl Branch, Mark Howard, of SAFE Shelter Center for Domestic Violence Services

CAPTION: (LEFT TO RIGHT) Lieutenant Robert Gavin, Stephanie Wilson-Evans, Meg Albertson, Jean Ahrens, Linda Huntoon, Sheila Grossman, Cheryl Branch, Mark Howard, of SAFE Shelter Center for Domestic Violence Services

MORE INFORMATION ON SAFE SHELTER
Founded in 1979, SAFE Shelter Center for Domestic Violence Services is a 501©(3) nonprofit organization committed to preventing domestic violence, protecting victims and promoting positive change for families in need in our community. SAFE Shelter operates a 48-bed emergency shelter for victims of intimate partner violence and their children. All services are provided at no cost to the victim regardless of race, sex, sexual orientation, immigration status, culture or religion. Leading to safe and stable lives, services include courtroom advocacy, counseling services and case management. In the shelter’s long history, no one who has been actively involved with our services or programs has been killed by his/her abuser. For more information on SAFE Shelter, visit safeshelter.org or call 912.629.0026. To reach the 24-hour crisis line, call 912.629.8888.

CONTACT
Cheryl Branch
Executive Director
SAFE Shelter
912-629-0026
director@safeshelter.org

MEDIA CONTACT
Marjorie Young
CEO and President
Carriage Trade PR
912-844-9990

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