October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, a time to mourn for the victims who have lost their lives at the hands of someone who professed to love them.
It’s also a time to celebrate and honor the survivors who courageously fled their relationship and started a new life, violence-free. It’s a time to connect with our neighbors so we can work together to end family violence in our community.
Beaman Home has been providing essential services to domestic violence victims and their children through our emergency shelter and outreach programs over 27 years. Beaman Home is recognizing Domestic Violence Awareness Month with multiple activities throughout the month.
Oct. 5 – First Friday, downtown Warsaw – Beaman Home will have a booth and present information about teen dating violence. The Outreach Advocate will be available to speak to victims or survivors seeking guidance. Stop by the booth and register to win pizza for a year from Papa John’s.
Oct. 6 – 1st Annual Bikers Against Bruises Motorcycle Ride – This scenic ride will take riders through Beaman Home’s three-county service area of Kosciusko, Marshall and Fulton counties. Registration fee of $25 single, and $30 double. Registration starts at 10:30 a.m. at the K21 Health Services Pavilion, 1515 Provident Dr., Warsaw. Kickstands up at 11:30 a.m.
Oct. 18 – 3rd Annual BINGO for Beaman, hosted by Altrusa International Warsaw. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. at Center Lake Pavilion in Warsaw. Tickets are $15 in advance or $20 at the door. Call (574) 267-5386 for more information.
Oct. 21 – Tea for Hope, hosted by Mary Kay Consultants of Kosciusko County from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the K21 Health Services Pavilion. Tickets are $10 in advance. Call (574) 269-3044 for more information.
Oct. 25 – “Lethality Assessment Project” Law Enforcement Training, co-hosted by Beaman Home and Warsaw Police Department Victims Services. Presented by Caryn Burton, Indiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence.
Also, three local restaurants – Ruby Tuesday’s, Hacienda and Applebee’s – have agreed to help The Beaman Home spread the word about domestic violence. Each had dedicated special days when they will donate a portion of their sales back to the programs and services of the Beaman Home.
All restaurants require patrons to bring in the appropriate flyer or token in order to qualify for the give back. Flyers can be found on the Beaman Home’s Facebook page or by calling (877) 725-9363.
Unfortunately, with 1 in 4 women experiencing violence in her lifetime, many of us know someone who has been affected by domestic violence – we hear the constant fighting coming from the neighbor’s house; a family member reveals traumatic abuse no one ever knew about; someone we work with comes in with questionable bruising; we grew up with it in our own homes.
This month, help The Beaman Home reach out and support victims and survivors by participating in Beaman Home’s Domestic Violence Awareness Month activities.