October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Posted October 4, 2016 at 5:52 am by

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Octo­ber is Domes­tic Vio­lence Aware­ness Month and SAFE San Juans (for­mer­ly DVSAS) has cre­at­ed sev­er­al great oppor­tu­ni­ties to come togeth­er as a com­mu­ni­ty, active­ly cre­ate con­ver­sa­tion, hon­or those who have suf­fered from such vio­lence, and become empow­ered to take action in fos­ter­ing an island envi­ron­ment char­ac­ter­ized by respect for oth­ers, equal access to resources, and safe­ty for all.

beautiful-youFirst, com­ing up this Sun­day, Octo­ber 9, Join SAFE San Juans at the Brick­works, at 2:00pm for their 4th annu­al Beau­ti­ful You Fash­ion Show, cel­e­brat­ing the beau­ty and diver­si­ty of all island res­i­dents. Enjoy refresh­ments from gen­er­ous local donors while view­ing fea­tured fash­ions from won­der­ful local shops includ­ing: Be Chic, Girl­friends, 2nd Act, and Kings Marine, with mod­el hair by Spa d’Bune. Tick­ets are $25.00 and are avail­able at the par­tic­i­pat­ing busi­ness­es, by call­ing the SAFE San Juans office at (360) 378‑8680, or online at SAFEsj.org.

Also, you may have already noticed the Silent Wit­ness sil­hou­ettes on the lawn of the leg­isla­tive build­ing, across from the cour­t­house. This dis­play is meant to hon­or those who died from domes­tic vio­lence in 2015. Please take some time to walk among the fig­ures or write your thoughts in the jour­nal pro­vid­ed on site. SAFE San Juans will be host­ing a vig­il in hon­or of these vic­tims at the site on Octo­ber 21st at 12 noon.

Last­ly, come out to the old med­ical cen­ter build­ing (550 Spring St.) on Sun­day, Octo­ber 23rd, for an after­noon of fun and infor­ma­tion about the new allied social ser­vice project being spear­head­ed by SAFE San Juans. Also fea­tured will be the excit­ing new vision for The Cove — Carl­son Youth Cen­ter of the San Juan Islands. The event will be a won­der­ful oppor­tu­ni­ty to catch the ener­gy for this great ini­tia­tive! There will be a vir­tu­al tour rep­re­sent­ing the fin­ished project, as well as self-guid­ed walk-throughs of the build­ing past our artist’s ren­der­ings. There will also be sev­er­al short pre­sen­ta­tions by project leads, a com­pli­men­ta­ry hot dog feed (host­ed by the Stand Up Men), ample time for ques­tions & answers, and sign-ups for those who would like to take on a more active role in this project ben­e­fit­ing the entire community.

Be sure to mark your cal­en­dars and join SAFE San Juans in their work to empow­er our islands to live free of abuse.

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