Fort Riley to combat domestic violence
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October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and the Army's theme for this year's observance is "End Domestic Violence: Recognize It, Report It, Prevent It."
Fort Riley and the surrounding communities will host a variety of events to educate the population about domestic violence and highlight available resources.
"The goal of the month for Domestic Violence Awareness Month is simply to promote awareness about domestic violence (and) make sure that everyone has an opportunity to be educated on the different dynamics of domestic violence," said Tychelle Jones, Sexual Harassment, Assault Response and Prevention specialist and advocate. "Our goal is to make sure that anyone who has contact with a victim of domestic violence or a survivor of domestic violence has the appropriate knowledge to deal with the situation (effectively)."
The expectation is not to make subject matter experts out of community members, Jones said, but to at least ensure community members are aware of available resources should they encounter instances of domestic violence.
Domestic violence does not just affect the individuals directly involved, it also affects the community as a whole, she added. By getting the community involved, the Victim Advocacy Program, or VAP, can potentially help more victims and survivors.
"It's beyond the physical. It can go into emotional, financial, isolation, mental – there's different dynamics that are associated with domestic violence, and the goal is to make sure that even if you don't know exactly what they are, that you know where to send the individuals for help," she said.
Jones encourages community members to participate in the events offered throughout the month to help educate themselves, as well as show support for victims and survivors.
In recognition of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, the following events will be offered at Fort Riley to raise awareness of the issue and share information with the community:
• Mildred Muhammad, ex-wife of the DC sniper, will present "A Survivor's Story" from 10 a.m. to noon Oct. 3 at Riley's Conference Center. Muhammad will speak about her struggle to get support and services for her and her children. The free event is open to the community and refreshments will be provided.
• Lundy Bancroft will present "Command Group and First Line Responder's Appropriate and Effective Response to Domestic Violence" from 9 a.m. to noon Oct. 8 at Building 6620. Bancroft has more than 20 years of experience working with batterers and will speak about how leadership can deal with domestic violence in their units.
• Community members are encouraged to wear purple to raise awareness of domestic violence and show support for victims and survivors during Painting the Post Purple Day Oct. 11.
• The Custer Hill Bowling Center will host a Strike Out Stigma event with free bowling and information for Family readiness group leadership from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 11 at the bowling center.
• Dance Against Domestic Violence Zumba classes will be offered at 10 a.m. Oct. 21, 6 p.m. Oct. 22 and 6 p.m. Oct. 24 at King Field House. Participants will learn about domestic violence while getting a fun workout. The first 30 attendees at each class will get in free.
• Carolyn Tolliver-Lee will present "Dating and Violence Don't Go Together" from 4 to 5 p.m. Oct. 28 at the Middle School Teen Center. Teens and parents are encouraged to attend the frank and open discussion.
• Glenna Tinney will present "The Intersection of Intimate Partner Violence and Combat Related Issues" from 9 a.m. to noon Oct. 30 at Riley's Conference Center. Tinney, a retired Navy captain and social worker, will speak about the complex relationship between domestic violence and combat trauma.
Additionally, the Directorate of Emergency Services and VAP will have educational displays at the Exchange throughout the month.
The following events will be offered in the surrounding communities:
• An annual Silent Witness Display will be unveiled to acknowledge and recognize victims and survivors at noon Oct. 4 at the Riley County Courthouse in Manhattan.
• The Geary County Domestic Violence Task Force will host a 5K run at 9 a.m. Oct. 5 at the Crisis Center, Inc., Junction City.
GET HELP, LEARN MORE
Victims of domestic violence can call VAP at 785-307-1373 to learn about available resources and reporting options or the local Crisis Center Inc., at 1-800-727-2785.
To learn more about the events listed above or to register, call 785-239-9435.