October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month and the Community Crisis Center, northeast Oklahoma's domestic violence, sexual assault and child abuse prevention center, is bringing awareness to the public through a variety of activities this month.
Headquartered in Miami, CCCI is a private nonprofit agency serving Ottawa, Delaware and Craig counties.
The Crisis Center offers confidential services in the form of a 24-hour crisis hotline, an 18-bed domestic violence shelter, a short term stay facility, transitional living housing and client advocacy, along with peer counseling, parenting classes, men's domestic violence education program, prevention programs and family environment councils.
The Community Crisis Center assisted 161 victims of domestic violence last year, provided court-ordered batterers' classes to 63 offenders, 145 people received emergency shelter and 121 victims received services through the advocacy program.
According to Danyela Carlton, volunteer coordinator at the Crisis Center, domestic violence is much more common in the community than people realize.
The latest Violence Policy Center statistics, released last month, rank Oklahoma fourth in the United States for domestic violence deaths.
To show the impact domestic violence can have, an exhibit to commemorate those from northeast Oklahoma who have lost their lives because of domestic violence, is part of the silent witness display through Oct 31 at The Main Place, 17 N Main Street, the resale shop operated by CCCI.
Each red silhouette in the display represents a victim. Each woman is holding a card that reads, “I am a woman who once lived. I worked, I had neighbors and friends, I had family with children and we lived in your community - my life ended violently at the hands of my abuser.”
Each child is holding a card that reads, “I am a child who should have had a carefree life. I lived, I had family and friends and we lived and played in your community - my life ended violently at the hands of my mommy's abuser.”
Because purple is the color of domestic violence awareness, Wednesday has been designated “Wear Purple Day.”
For every service provided at South Side Salon in Miami during October, the salon will donate a portion of the proceeds to the Crisis Center.