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Take a stand, raise your voice, save a friend and empower a life as the The Safe Center goes purple for Domestic Violence Awareness month.

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month and The Safe Center commits themselves to helping and assisting anyone in need of their services each and every day.

According to a fact sheet from the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV), domestic violence is the “willful intimidation, physical assault, battery, sexual assault and/or other abusive behavior as part of a systematic pattern of power and control perpetrated by one intimate partner against another.”

A fact sheet for the state of Oklahoma shows 49.1% of women and and 40.7% of men experience intimate partner physical violence, intimate partner rape and/or intimate partner stalking in their lifetime.

In a typical day, domestic violence hotlines receive approximately 21,000 calls, which equated to about 15 calls every minute.

Laura Goldring, from the Safe Center, said the organization is available 24/7 to assist victims in crisis.

“We help advocate for victims in a variety of situations ranging from emergency room visits to courtroom VPO cases and just about every needed service in between,” Goldring said. “We also focus on prevention and disruption of the cycle of violence through education and community outreach.”

Throughout October, the Safe Center has events lined up to spread awareness about domestic violence and aligns with CDC and social distancing guidelines.

“We are asking the community to wear purple this Thursday and share a photo of their wear purple to our Facebook page,” Goldring said.

This Thursday, The Safe Center, along with other businesses, will show their support for those affected by domestic violence by wearing purple on Oct. 15.

Goldring said the group will re-share the photos throughout the month of October.

On the line up of events is a supply drive from noon to 5 p.m. on Oct. 22 to restock their client resources room and sexual assault responses kits. Items needed in the drive include cleaning supplies, personal hygiene items, new women’s clothing, new flip flops or plain canvas shoes, new kids’ clothing, bottled water, shelf stable items, hair ties, brushes, combs, journals and planners.

“Locally we are averaging about 35 new clients per month at the center,” Goldring said. “This past month we saw a slight increase.”

Other plans include a movie showing, which will take place at 7 p.m. on Oct. 29 at The Palace Theatre when the Safe Center shows Hocus Pocus. The concession stand will open for snack and drink purchases.

According to the Safe Center, they believe violence and abuse are preventable and will provide awareness, education and prevention to the community.

From enhancing community partnerships with members to assist in providing services to each victim and survivor, Safe Center said they look to be community based, culturally sensitive, and trauma-informed.

For those who want to donate to the Safe Center, they will receive instructions on how to drop off items.

“We would not be able to do this work without the financial support, in kind donations, and volunteer efforts of our local community,” Goldring said. “We are grateful for our community partners and appreciate the support they offer to our victims and survivors.”

For anyone looking for volunteer opportunities, the Safe Center seeks those who are willing to spare any time they have. They will accept 99% of all donations offered.

For those seeking help, call 580-252-4357 (HELP) or call toll free to 1-877-970-4357.

For more information visit, http://Safe Center.info/

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