Pictured, from left, are commission president Sam Nolte, commissioner Kristie Tenney, Addie Helmick with Centers Against Violence and commissioner Terry Cutright. October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

Women’s Aid in Crisis changes name to Centers Against Violence

BUCKHANNON – A representative with Women’s Aid in Crisis said they have served over 350 clients in Upshur County this year.

Before the reading of the proclamation declaring October Domestic Violence Awareness Month Addie Helmick said Women’s Aid in Crisis has undergone a name change to Centers Against Violence at commission’s Thursday, Oct. 10 meeting.

“We still have a lot of work to do with this name changing and all the right work with that,” Helmick said. “We do still have some brochures and things that are out across the county, but we are slowly but surely getting things changed over.”

Helmick said anyone can be affected by domestic violence – not just women.

“Anyone can be a victim of domestic violence, regardless of age, race, sex, nationality or religion,” Helmick said. “One in three women and one in four men will experience domestic violence during his or her lifetime and one in four children will become victims or secondary victims of domestic violence.”

She said the center has been working within the community for 40 years.

“A home should be a safe and loving place to be, but for many in our community, some of these homes are tarnished with violence, fear and even death,” Helmick said. “Centers Against Violence has provided services and support for clients for over 40 years in this community.”

She said Domestic Violence Awareness Month gives people the opportunity to support those who have suffered from domestic violence.

“Domestic Violence Awareness Month provides an excellent opportunity for upstanding citizens to learn more about prevention and show support for organizations and those who provide advocacy and assistance to victims, survivors and their families,” Helmick added.

If you or someone you know needs help, the Centers Against Violence can be reached locally by calling 304-473-0070.



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