One in four women are survivors of domestic violence, and A New Leaf is marking October’s Domestic Violence Awareness Month with a series of events and presentations.
During the month, A New Leaf volunteers and staff will participate in key events and will be presenting to community groups about the facts around domestic violence, including college campuses, local businesses, through faith-based organizations and other public events. All staff and volunteers will wear purple to honor domestic violence survivors.
A New Leaf manages Arizona’s oldest operating domestic violence shelter, Faith House in Glendale, and a domestic violence shelter in the East Valley, Autumn House, located in Mesa. Besides emergency shelter, A New Leaf provides a domestic violence crisis hotline, workforce training, court advocacy and basic needs for victims of domestic violence.
“Two-thirds of violence against women occurs behind closed doors at home,” said Michael Hughes, CEO of A New Leaf. “But that doesn’t mean it is any less visible. It pours out into the streets in the form of homelessness and displaced children and into future generations.”
A New Leaf will be marking October’s Domestic Violence Awareness Month through the following events:
- Faith House Community Open House and Public Tours: Oct. 14, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. (call 480-464-4648 to register).
- National Wear Purple Thursday: Oct. 20 – all day.
- Teed Off at Domestic Violence Golf Event: Oct. 21, TopGolf Scottsdale, 1 to 4 p.m. (go to TurnaNewLeaf.org to register).
Founded in 1971, A New Leaf provides a broad spectrum of support services to help individuals and families in crisis. Vulnerable families receive shelter, basic needs and hands-on support for a new start – transforming their lives to become independent and thriving members of the community. Their successes include employment, healthier lifestyles, high school diplomas/GEDs, college degrees, life skills and self-sufficiency. Visit www.turnanewleaf.org for more information.