GRAFTON—The West Virginia Woman’s Cub of Grafton held a special event to break the silence about domestic violence.
The West Virginia Woman’s Club of Grafton (GFWC) welcomed the Home Life Committee who presented advocates from the Rape and Domestic Violence Information Center (RDVIC) for an informational presentation.
Advocates Alicia Flynn and Carol Moats talked with the group about what the RDVIC does.
Flynn explained the staff and volunteers at the RDVIC work year around to promote domestic violence prevention, offering educational services that can make spotting the warning signs of violence a bit easier.
“Our mission is to provide a community based, comprehensive service that advocates for the equal rights of all individuals to have control of their lives without violence,” shared RDVIC advocate Alicia Flynn.
According to Flynn, the RDVIC provides emergency shelter, counseling, support groups, advocacy, community education and volunteer opportunities. She reported that the services are confidential and free of charge.
“We are a non-profit agency serving Monongalia, Preston, and Taylor counties in West Virginia. We provide services to men, women and children who are currently experiencing or who are survivors of domestic violence, child abuse, incest, sexual assault, elder care abuse, care giver abuse, sexual harassment, or stalking,” stated Flynn.
“I always say that we become your biggest cheerleader People who are suffering need to know that they are not alone, and families need to know what to do to help,” she added.
In addition, the RDVIC also offers information on creating a safety plan, which encourages individuals to practice different ways to safely exit their home, and provides tips for preparing to leave an abusive situation.
GFWC members asked the advocates questions about the services and ways they can help.
Flynn informed members that they could use help with organizing the office due to the space being small, and any monetary donations are greatly appreciated to buy items to help victims.
Members from the GFWC discussed and approved a donation of $150 to help with any supplies needed. The also agreed to volunteer to help to organize the office.
In addition, they discussed ways to help prevent domestic violence and help provide resources for children in the county affected by it.
The RDVIC’s offers a Prevention Education program that can help schools build their capacity violence prevention through teacher training, agency liaisons and forums.
Programs can be tailored to the needs of the school requesting a presentations. The agency provides programs that define domestic violence, address signs and symptoms, look at offender behavior and direct students to the appropriate resources.
The program benefits children in many ways including making schools a safe and supporting environment and improving children’s social, behavior and academic success.
At the end of the presentation, students will receive handouts that address the information shared during the class and contact information if they or someone they know needs help.
For more information about the prevention education program please call Flynn or Moats at 304-265-6534, or visit their website www.rdvic.org.
Those who are or have been victims of domestic violence are encouraged to reach out, by calling the RDVIC’s 24- hotline at 304-265-6534.