CAMDEN CITY, NJ (September 27,2018)(CNBNewsnet)—On average, nearly 20 people per minute are physically abused by an intimate partner in the US. During one year, this equates to more than 10 million women and men. Camden County Women’s Center, a non-profit agency that provides services and emergency shelter to victims of domestic violence, is reminding the community that October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. The agency is offering opportunities for the community to get involved and give back.
“Something as simple as collecting some toiletries that you saved from hotels can make an impact,” said Danielle Brown a longtime volunteer, employee, and survivor of domestic violence. “Victims are often faced with little to no options when they are financially controlled by an abuser. Buying items such as shampoo or toothpaste becomes impossible for many of our clients. Victims know that they can come to CCWC as a resource to collect basic needs items for themselves and their children; its one less thing they have to worry about.”
As the lead and state-designated domestic violence agency, Camden County Women's Center is also home to the Domestic Violence Response Team (DVRT). DVRT consists of trained volunteer advocates that work with the police departments and hospitals to respond to victims in crisis. DVRT responds to nearly 500 calls each year, and connects a victim to the many services offered by Camden County Women's Center, whether it is assistance with obtaining a restraining order, navigating the criminal justice system, seeking therapy for the child witnesses, or entering counseling or a support group.
Camden County Women's Center is also participating in awareness events that the community is invited to, such as the Allstate Purple Purse Challenge all through October and the annual celebration, Dice and Dessert, occurring on October 24 at 5:00 PM in Collingswood which will be honoring the longtime collaboration with Pine Hill Police Department. The event is sponsored by Lamb Financial, Carosella Family Foundation, Volunteers of America and Holman Automotives.
If you are interested in participating in any of the events, or want to learn more about becoming a volunteer, please visit www.camdencountywomenscenter.org.
If you or someone you know is a victim of domestic violence, call CCWC 24/7 Hotline at 856-227-1234.