The Community Crisis Center of Northeast Oklahoma marks Domestic Violence Awareness Month with community events through October to help raise awareness, provide outreach, and support their ongoing services.

MIAMI – The Community Crisis Center of Northeast Oklahoma (CCC) has announced a series of events through October for National Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

The events are aimed at raising awareness and breaking the silence surrounding domestic violence, with an emphasis on making those in need of CCC's services aware of their options for help and support. Fundraising activities will also benefit CCC in continuing its mission of violence prevention and advocacy for victims through a host of community services such as its crisis line, shelters, legal and housing assistance, counseling and batterer intervention program.

Community Events

Through October CCC is encouraging everyone to wear purple each Friday to bring attention to domestic violence and the ongoing work to prevent, protect, and serve victims and offer rehabilitation to offenders.

The CCC is offering the purchase of Awareness Month t-shirts and free purple ribbons or buttons from their Fern Holland Advocacy Center at 118 A St in Miami.

Beginning Monday, Oct. 9 at the Miami Public Library, the Silent Witness display will go up through the week. The installation features standing silhouettes of women, children, and men who were victims of lethal violence. Part of a national campaign, Silent Witnesses tells the stories of victims who can no longer speak for themselves and serves as a powerful reminder of the real lives being lost every day to violence.

Tuesday, Oct. 10, 1909 in Grove, Pizza Hut in Miami, and Hi-Way Cafe in Vinita are each participating in a 10-for-10 Dine Out Day. Ten percent of all lunch proceeds will be donated to CCC to support its ongoing work.

Friday, Oct. 13 head over to the Coleman Theatre Beautiful in downtown Miami from 9 to 11 a.m. for the unveiling of the new purple wrapped Ottawa County Sheriff vehicle. Ottawa County Sheriff Jeremy Floyd reached out to the CCC to coordinate a public awareness project through his office resulting in the car wrap of one of the law enforcement vehicles in a bright purple featuring key phrases, information and most importantly, the crisis line phone number.

Tuesday, Oct. 17 CCC will host the Grove Caring Hands Benefit Luncheon 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Grove First United Methodist Church with guest speaker Rebecca Allen, harpist Abbey Akehurst, and a CCC panel. Group and single purchase tickets are available.

Sunday, Oct. 22 churches in the region are dedicating time to unite in prayer for victims of domestic violence and redirection of offenders. Ask your pastor about details or call CCC to learn more about how to get your church organization involved.

Tuesday, Oct. 24 CCC will host the Spirit Benefit Luncheon in Vinita from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Craig County Community Center. Group and single purchase tickets are available.

Be certain to check back for more throughout October for articles highlighting these events and further information on violence prevention, victim advocacy, and regional initiatives.

For more information about Domestic Violence Awareness Month or to purchase event tickets call 918-540-2775 or visit getmeout.org.

If you or someone you know needs help, call the CCC 24-hour hotline at 1-800-400-0883. Advocates are always available.

Dorothy Ballard is the managing news editor for the Miami News-Record. Email her at dballard@miaminewsrecord.com and follow her on Twitter @dm_ballard.