October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month and during this month, an organization whose focus is to put an end to domestic violence is hosting several events to remind anyone who is in an abusive relationship that you are not alone, and you can escape. Second Chance provides a safe shelter and supportive services for domestic and sexual violence victims and their families. Statistics show that one in three women and one in four men have been victims.
During awareness month this year, Second Chance wants people to know and understand that fleeing from an abusive relationship is more than just removing yourself from the location of where the abuse is happening. Susan Shipman, Executive Director for Second Chance, says it’s important to safely plan your escape.
Shipman says that when a victim is trying to escape from an abusive situation, it can be the most dangerous time because the batterer realizes they are losing control of the situation. If you know someone who is in an abusive relationship, it’s important to be supportive and get help before their situation escalates.
On October 29th, Second Chance will host its annual Walk for Domestic Violence Survivors from 5 p.m until 6:30 beginning at Centennial Memorial Park in Downtown Anniston. Everyone is invited to participate in remembrance and honor of survivors in the community.
Second Chance serves communities in Calhoun, Cherokee, Cleburne, Etowah, Randolph, and Talladega counties. For more information, call the shelter hotline using the number shown on your screen or visit Second Chance on Facebook.