By Stephanie Bertrand, Program Director, CCTRP San Diego
Domestic violence is a reality that occurs within every class, age group, race, and religion. It happens in families, friendships, and intimate relationships. Intimate partner violence happens within same and different sex partnerships and happens whether people are married, living together, or dating. Approximately one in four women has been a victim of domestic violence.
In observance of Domestic Violence Awareness Month in October, the women served at our Custody to Community Transitional Reentry Program (CCTRP) in San Diego showed their support for each other as well as those who are still experiencing domestic violence with various activities throughout the week of October 18. The week started with a domestic violence booth featuring educational materials, safety plans, and purple face masks for clients and staff to wear. They also gave themselves manicures using various shades of purple nail polish as well as rhinestones and decals.
Using purple pens that were donated to the program by a local Staples, our ladies were encouraged to write their story and/or reach out to someone who was still suffering by writing them a letter of encouragement. To close out the week, two current clients who are now survivors, elected to share their experiences, strength, and hope with their peers and staff during the weekly house meeting.
If you’re experiencing abuse in your relationship, you are not alone. Contact an advocate 24/7 by texting “START” to 88788 or by visiting thehotline.org