Georgia is tenth in the nation for domestic violence deaths and with October being Domestic Violence Awareness Month, the local chapter of the NAACP teamed up with others in our community to address concerns in the Chattahoochee Valley.
Some even shared very personal stories, and It was all a part of their monthly “Moral Monday” meetings.
These are stories of domestic violence from people in our community including Tonza Thomas, president of the Columbus NAACP and Candice Person with Hope Harbour.
According to Candace Person with Hope Harbour, one in four women and one in seven men will experience domestic violence in their lives.
"Between the age of 15 to 32 domestic violence is the number one killer of African American women," Person said
Person talked about the statistics and though some may think it’s just a number on a piece of paper, she says it affects so many people.
She adds,"Typically if men don’t come forward because of the stigma they shouldn’t be victims of domestic violence."
The group opened the floor for the audience to share their stories as a way to get the word out that this is happening in our community.
They also released balloons, purple for those still battling domestic violence and white for those who have lost their lives.
"Just be supportive, even if you don’t think it’s the best decision for them to stay, be supportive so they know they still have somebody to talk to, domestic violence is everywhere in tons of homes and if we keep sweeping it under the rug, then it’s not ever going to get better."
If you or someone you know is struggling with domestic violence, click this link for more information on Hope Harbour services.