As October ends, Crisis Services of North Alabama and the Jackson County Coalition Against Domestic Violence (JCCADV) want to thank everyone who has helped make our awareness events happen. Without the support of our community members, all of our events would have not been as meaningful. We appreciate all of the support, thoughts and encouragement. It means the world to our survivors to know that their community stands with them in an effort to end violence.

During the month of October we had displays in Scottsboro, Dutton, Stevenson, and Bridgeport libraries to spread awareness about domestic violence. The awareness efforts do not stop happening after Domestic Violence Awareness Month ends. JCCADV meets regularly to discuss fundraising events, awareness, and resources. The JCCADV is always looking for new members. Our coalition is made up of concerned community members that want to be a part of helping our survivors with resources and support.
If you are looking for a new volunteer opportunity or a way to make a difference in your community, we would love to talk with you about the JCCADV team. We work hard to ensure that we are staying informed about the needs of victims of domestic violence as well as sexual assault. The coalition looks for new and fun ways to raise funds in an effort to meet the needs of survivors that do not qualify for other services. The money raised is used for people in Jackson County that have needs such as help with paying deposits to relocate, replacing doors, buying gas cards, replacing driver’s licenses and many other needs.
Currently our JCCADV is made up of Crisis Services of North Alabama staff members, local law enforcement, mental health providers and several other committed members of our community. We would love to have anyone join us that want to work with our coalition to think of fresh and new ideas for our awareness campaigns as well as fundraising opportunities.
Our two awareness months are April for Sexual Assault Awareness Month and October for Domestic Violence Awareness Month. If you are interested and passionate about making changes to help end violence in our community, we would love to welcome you at our next meeting.
Crisis Services of North Alabama and the Jackson County Coalition Against Domestic Violence are dedicated in changing the conversation about violence in Jackson County. We know what a need we have in our community to help survivors come forward and feel comfortable in talking about what they went through, as well as receiving services to overcome the lasting effects of that violence. These two organizations know that it is never the victim’s fault for being in a violent situation, and we will never stop trying to help meet the needs of our fellow community members.
If you or someone you know has experienced intimate partner violence, whether it is domestic violence or sexual assault, Crisis Services of North Alabama provides free, confidential crisis counseling and support groups. Trying to rebuild a life after violence is difficult and stressful. Crisis Services can help. No one should face rebuilding their life alone. For more information on services or about the Jackson County Coalition Against Domestic Violence, please contact our office locally at 256-574-5826. For free, confidential crisis counseling, our 24 hour HELPline is always available at 256-716-1000.

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