October is National Domestic Violence Awareness month. In observance of the campaign, the Women’s Resource Center (WRC), Susquehanna County branch, has several initiatives planned throughout the month of October.
On Wednesday, Oct. 9, the Susquehanna County commissioners will sign a proclamation recognizing the awareness campaign.
The WRC will place purple ribbons along Public Avenue in Montrose providing visual representation of the 296 survivors served by the organization from July 1, 2018 through June 30, 2019.
On Oct. 18, the WRC, in partnership with the Community Partnership for Advocacy and Awareness, invites the public to participate in a mini-pumpkin decorating event being held from 3:30 – 6:30 p.m. at the Community Resource Center located at 14 Public Avenue in Montrose. Both adults and children are welcome and encouraged to decorate the pumpkins with messages and images of hope in support of all victims of domestic violence. Reservations are not required and refreshments will be provided.
On Oct. 19, the art exhibit, “An Empty Place at the Table”, memorializing those individuals from both Susquehanna and Lackawanna counties whose lives were tragically cut short due to domestic violence will be presented from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 1148 Main St. in New Milford.
The Women’s Resource Center provides services to adult and child survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking, and dating violence. Services are also available to significant others who are supportive of the survivor’s right to live a life free from violence and oppression.
Services are free and confidential and available regardless of income, race, gender, age, marital, social or economic status, cultural or religious beliefs, sexual orientation, or physical abilities.
Services include a 24/7 hotline for crisis intervention, empowerment counseling for teens and adults, legal assistance through the Barbara J. Hart Justice Center, safe housing assistance and community outreach/education.
The Women’s Resource Center can be reached 24/7 at 570-278-1800.
Additional information regarding services and community involvement opportunities is available at the website: wrcnepa.org.