NEVADA, MO.--- During this month, Vernon County will be filled with all things purple and white. It's not to show off school pride, the purple honors victims who've survived domestic violence. The white ribbons are to remember those who've lost their life to violent abuse. October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and the goal is to educate the public.
"Every 9 seconds in the United States, a women is battered. So, we all know someone who's battered, we're very close to someone who is battered. We see battered women all the time, they just don't always come with name across their forehead," said Martha Sander, Moss House Executive Director.
Martha Sander is the Moss House executive director in Nevada. She says this month, domestic and sexual violence programs nationwide are going the extra mile to make themselves available to victims and their families.
"The goal of that, obviously, is to continue to talk about domestic violence to raise awareness, but also to provide resources and make sure that those who need our services out in the community know how to access them," said Sander.
She says in the State of Missouri, one in four women have been abused. That's why it's so important for advocates to get the message out, there is someone out there who can help.
"A lot of times, if you get women safe and you provide them with a safe place and a space to begin to sort through the things that have happen to them, they'll be able to find healing on their own, and on their own pace in their own individual way," said Sander.
Organization leaders at the Moss House implement empowerment. Sander tells us the door is never closed and they have a 24 hour residential facility to keep victims safe and alive.
"Millions of women live with domestic violence, but some never get to tell their story, and so that's our way of honoring them and remembering them," said Sander.
According to the Missouri Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence, more than 10,000 women, children, men and youth were sheltered in 2012.
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