SPRINGFIELD, MO (10/27/17) - All across the community people wore a symbolic “black eye” and a sticker that said, “Ask me why ICare.”
These symbols help raise awareness of the growing domestic violence problem in the community.
The vice president for United Way of the Ozarks Jill Finney says, “Domestic violence doesn’t discriminate and we can’t remain silent anymore.”
Stats show that Springfield has a higher rate of domestic violence than St. Louis and Kansas City.
“So this is something that we work with our partners to bring awareness to something that maybe uncomfortable for others to talk about," says the board of directors at Harmony house Kendra Findley. "We’re very proud to have so many people participating with us to bring awareness.”
Findley says around 450 businesses in Greene County have employees wearing the “black eye” and “Ask me why ICare” sticker.
“Our support today just shows that it is an issue that needs to be talked about," says Finney. With Harmony House sheltering more than 700 survivors of domestic violence last year, those at United Way of the Ozarks are proud to show their support.
With their “black eyes” on and ready to bring awareness to the Ozarks, they hope their look of the day will be a conversation starter for those that are silent.
Findley says, “If we can do anything to slow down that rate of domestic violence that’s what we are trying to do.”
With stats showing that one in three women will experience some form of domestic violence in their lifetime, Harmony House says with ICare giving a voice to those that are ashamed and scared to come forward will, hopefully, encourage someone to speak up and seek help.
Although, Domestic Violence Awareness Month is almost over that doesn't mean you still can't help. Follow this link https://www.myharmonyhouse.org/volunteer-2/ to learn how you can donate or volunteer.