Scottsdale, AZ – November 3, 2014
October was Domestic Violence Awareness Month; a time to help end domestic violence, remember those lost to domestic violence and celebrate those who have survived. Domestic violence homicides claim the lives of three women per day (1). Domestic violence affects everyone in any community, regardless of race or socioeconomic background. Violence is a learned behavior and the abuser makes a conscious decision to exert power and control over their victim.
The Sojourner Center in downtown Phoenix is a women’s shelter that helps more than 8,700 women and children each year. The women and children that seek refuge at the shelter are victims of domestic violence.
The Sojourner Center was started in 1997 to provide temporary housing and education for women being released from prison. Four years later the mission changed to creating a place where women suffering from domestic violence and abuse, could find a safe haven.
Today The Sojourner Center has expanded its services to care for women and children that are the victims of domestic violence and abuse. They provide the women and children with emergency shelter, transitional housing, domestic violence education, safety planning, legal advocacy, referral service, community education and an on-site naturopathic clinic.
Angel MedFlight made a donation to The Sojourner Center in October in recognition to Domestic Violence Awareness Month. To end domestic violence we all need to communicate and help spread the word.
You can help by spreading the word to:
Be respectful of everyone and avoid demeaning or controlling others.
Find non-violent resolutions to conflicts.
Speak up when someone jokes about domestic violence.
Help advocate for better domestic violence laws.
If you would like to volunteer or donate to The Sojourner Center, you can visit their website at: http://www.sojournercenter.org/get-involved/