October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

You may be wondering how you can get involved in helping survivors in our community. The Jackson County Coalition Against Domestic Violence (JCCADV) is a wonderful way to get started. This is a group of people made up of domestic violence and sexual assault victim advocates, mental health professionals, law enforcement agents, healthcare providers, and interested community members that meet monthly to discuss the needs of survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault in our area. JCCADV hosts different speakers to help educate our community on services available through different organizations. They also come up with fundraisers and manage monies raised to directly assist survivors in Jackson County.
 JCCADV assists every year in planning and coordinating events to help raise awareness about domestic violence and sexual assault. Each April they work with Crisis Services to promote Sexual Assault Awareness Month, and every October they sponsor events during Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Members of this organization come together to work alongside victim advocates to meet needs of survivors. Being a part of this community minded group helps make Jackson County a safer and more aware place to live.
If you or someone you know is interested in coming to monthly meetings or learning more about getting involved please reach out to Crisis Services of North Alabama Jackson County Office at 256-574-5826. Each person that comes out to support JCCADV has a different, fresh idea. We want to show our Jackson County Survivors that their community supports them in every way we can. This includes fundraising to help pay deposits for a new residence, purchase gas cards, or help replace a broken door. It works towards raising awareness about these needs, not just during our awareness months, but all year long.
The Jackson County Coalition Against Domestic Violence also helps keep up with donations to help survivors with things they need to replace in their home. These items include personal hygiene products, linens, towels, plates, cutlery, pots and pans, glasses, pillows, blankets, and even furniture items. If you do not think you have time to come to monthly meetings you still may be able to help our survivors by donating some of these items. All donations stay right in Jackson County to help our local survivors.
We have worked hard to make October a great month of awareness for a very important cause. We hope that you were able to make one of the events held right here in Jackson County. If you were not able to make it there is still time to show support. We have Domestic Violence Community Awareness displays set up at Scottsboro City Hall, Woodville Town Hall, Skyline Town Hall, Hollywood City Hall, Stevenson City Hall, and Bridgeport City Hall. Please take time to stop by these displays and take a look at them. All of the shirts were decorated by survivors and children in Crisis Services of North Alabama shelters. Each of them has a different theme and decoration to help promote awareness and send a message of hope, a message to stop the violence! These displays will be up through the end of October. Please feel free to snap a photo and share to social media using #DVAM2018, #VoicesRising, or #BelieveSurvivors.

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