Tuesday, October 20, 2009

October: Domestic Violence Awareness Month

When shopping for items for a custom order that I'm making, I came across this leather cord on Etsy. The seller, LilysOffering donates 10% of her sales to Domestic Abuse Awareness, where the money goes towards counseling services, transitional services, and housing to women and children affected by domestic violence.

Thank you LilysOffering for this nice leather cord and for supporting the cause. She has a lot of nice eclectic jewelry supplies in her shop, including sterling silver findings, many of which she had designed.

Several Etsy sellers support the cause. Here is as beautiful necklace, "Now I can Bloom," by TheAbbey. All proceeds from this necklace go to domestic violence prevention programs.

This cool owl necklace, listed at TheJewelryProject, was made and designed by a talented client at the House of Ruth's emergency shelter based art program. The entire purchase goes back into the art program which promotes domestic violence awareness.

This pretty Domestic Violence Awareness Necklace, by StarzJewely, features a sterling silver purple awareness ribbon. Ten percent of the purchase of this necklace gets donated to SAFE HAVEN of Pike County, Pennsylvania.

FABFUNKYDIVADESIGNS offers this hand painted latte mug, "FABFUNKY LOVE DOESN'T HURT DIVA MUG." Ten dollars from this purchase is donated to the Liberty House Women's Shelter

Here are some sad national statistics regarding intimate partner violence and child abuse:

  • Women account for 85% of the victims of domestic violence.
  • One in four women are abused in their lifetime.
  • Women ages 20-24 are at the greatest risk of nonfatal violence.
  • Nearly 2.2 million people called a domestic violence hotline for assistance for themselve or others in 2004.
  • Nearly 3 out of 4 people know someone who is or was a victim of domestic violence, 30% know a woman who was a victim in the last year.
  • According to a national survey, 50% of men that frequently abused their wives also abused their children.
  • Studies suggest that 3.3 to 10 million children witness a form of domestic violence annually.
  • Almost 5 children die every day as a result of child abuse.
  • A report of child abuse is made every ten seconds.
  • About 30% of abused and negletect children will continue on to abuse their own children.


Erika said...

This is a great post. In the past few months several children have died in the surrounding area due to domestic violence and it seems as if this topic is largely ignored.

Hannah said...

Thank you for this post, and for advocating for the Jewelry Project. We are currently recruiting artists and designers to create jewelry to support the program. By donating your artwork, you would be supporting the House Of Ruth Maryland's initiative to use art to heal, and to create awareness about domestic violence. Please contact hbrancato@hruthmd.org for more information!!

Splendid Little Stars said...

a great post! tragic and sad. It's uplifting to know that there are artists who are willing to support this cause.

Made by Melissa said...

What sad statistics... a great blog post to bring awareness to this issue.

PurrPrints said...

I like the way you approached this EB carnival theme--i always enjoy finding out about other shops that donate a part of their proceeds to good causes