What began as a single day in 1981, has become a month-long campaign during the month of October to raise awareness of domestic violence and how survivors can be helped.
In an effort to continue that process, Fort Bragg hosted its inaugural Domestic Violence Awareness luncheon at McKellar’s Lodge Oct. 2.
The event is used to give attendees some of the newest information available to assist victims, while allowing keynote speakers to weigh in on the topic.
Garrison Command Sgt. Maj. Yolanda Tate addressed the audience on the need for continued support and education in the Fort Bragg community.
“It means a lot for me to be here today because this is such an important cause that everybody needs to address,” said Tate. “It (domestic violence) touches all of our communities every day,” she said.
She continued, “I feel that it’s my duty to be here to support this event. We need to help bring awareness, education and make people aware of the potential dangers that can occur from domestic violence.”
On the panel of speakers, Rebecca Richling, a Safe-Link team leader, walked audience members through and described the services of the Safe-Link Domestic Violence Assistance program, which is available to victims of domestic violence.
The program is designed to provide intensive assistance for domestic violence victims and children — including coordination of criminal actions and protective orders, referrals to community services and improved education for victims at no cost, said Richling.
The luncheon highlighted the need to continue to bring awareness to domestic violence prevention, but also the importance of being aware and active in protecting victims and their Families.
“Today I hope to impart that we all take a part in this,” said Tate. “We can’t remain silent. If we see someone that we think is having problems, we have to give him or her help. We have to take a stand to give help when needed. We have to give our victims of domestic violence all the help that we can. I want everyone to realize that it is a community effort. Because if we don’t all come together to work on this issue, then it will continue to hurt our Soldiers and Families.”