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October is NATIONAL DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AWARENESS MONTH!!

Nov 22, 2011 by Kim Fielding

Hi, everyone!

I hope that October was a good month for everyone. I know
that for Womanshelter/Compañeras it was an especially good one because October
is NATIONAL DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AWARENESS MONTH!! There were a lot of events
happening and our Community Outreach Coordinator, Carmen Nieves, was
particularly busy speaking at places such as high schools and libraries to the
local community. The event that I was lucky enough to accompany Carmen on her
presentation called, “Sometimes Love Hurts, A Talk for Teens About Healthy
Dating Relationships.” This talk was held at the Chicopee Public Library and
was primarily aimed at high school students. Carmen focused on what makes a
healthy relationship and what are the warning signs for an unhealthy
relationship. 



Students were able to engage with Carmen by asking her
questions and listening to the multiple scenarios she was giving, which helped
the teens reflect upon their own lives. In addition, the librarian had a book
cart full of books that were recommended reading about healthy and unhealthy
relationships to further student’s education.  

Overall, October was a time for Womanshelter/Compañeras to
really engage with the community to help share facts and information about
domestic violence in order to help educate others and spread awareness. It was
a busy, but successful month!



 



Alexis Myers ‘14

Community Fellow



Woman Shelter/Companeras

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