Domestic violence is a topic a lot of people often don’t know how to talk about – or where to turn when they need help. It can occur in many different ways and can affect people regardless of income, religion, ethnicity, educational level, or race. My guests Rachel Krinsky, LifeWire Executive Director and Liz Mangini, Board Member joined me and shared their passion with their amazing organization LifeWire – offering support to help survivors, and young adults of domestic violence.
LifeWire “is on a mission to end domestic violence and create a world where every person lives in a safe environment, free from oppression and with the opportunity to thrive.” They offer support, resources, professional services, shelter and housing to develop a healthy foundation.
More than 1 in 3 women and 1 in 4 men have experienced physical violence from an intimate partner. Most people associate domestic violence primarily with physical abuse but it can show up in other ways as well such as emotional, financial and other forms of control.
Not everyone experiences domestic violence in the same way, but there are warning signs. Some may seem subtle, while others may seem obvious. Subtle signs can include controlling your ability to have a job, not allowing access to finances or personal documents. Criticizing your friends and family, and not allowing to see them. Their teen program offers help young adults learn the signs of a unhealthy relationship, including jealously and controlling behavior.
None of this would be possible without the help, of volunteers, and donations through their events from the community. This year LifeWire has put together a virtual breakfast “Hope Grows Here“, on May 13th at 7:30 am. Joining is free and you will learn more about their organization, hear from Board Members and successful survivor stories.
Funds raised will ensure that LifeWire continues to provide compassionate services, safe housing and hope to domestic violence survivors, children and families when they need it most. If you are unable to attend you can Make a donation today.
If you are experiencing signs of abuse or suspect a friend, or loved one is you can contact them through their helpful resources online, to learn more about signs of abuse, along with their 24 hour hotline, and safe, private message center. Follow them on Facebook for updates on upcoming events, other ways to help, and helpful tips of recognizing domestic violence. .