Net proceeds from The Purple Run 5K/1K & Community Health Fair will be used to establish legal/emergency funds for the Community Welcome House (CWH). The intent is to make The Purple Run an annual event, so these funds will stay stay ‘funded’.
Community Welcome House (CWH) serves as a transitional facility which provides shelter for women, and women with children, in need of somewhere to go due to domestic violence. Family dogs and cats can also be accommodated. CWH understands healing begins when safety, stability, and trust are created and those in crisis are thus feeling nurtured. While in CWH care, supportive services are provided to best assist in regaining independence, in hopes of the residents realizing the future they desire. It is the hope of Community Welcome House that through education, compassion, and action women will become empowered to advance their roles, rights and well being. The Community Welcome House is based on holistic principles and does not discriminate or affiliate with funding from government entities. They are a 501(c)3 organization. It is donations and fundraising projects that sustain the efforts of the Community Welcome House. They do not receive any state or federal funding. Their support is from the community and people just like you.
Domestic Violence statistics are alarming. The need is great.
Domestic Violence begins in the home. Domestic violence is defined as a pattern of abusive behavior in any relationship that is used by one partner to gain or maintain power and control over another intimate partner. The abuse can be physical, sexual, emotional, economic, or psychological actions or threats of actions that influence another person.
- A woman is abused every 9-15 seconds.
- Three fourths of domestic violence victims are reported to have one or more children under the age of 18 years of age.
- 26% of murdered women are killed by their husbands or boyfriends.
- 30% of women in emergency rooms are there because of injuries from abuse.
- Medical expenses caused by domestic violence in the U.S. totals between 3-5 billion dollars annually.
- Children are present during 80% of the assaults against their mother.
- 25% of domestic violence victims are pregnant at the time of the abuse.
The three recognized cycles of abuse are:
- Tension Building (slamming of doors, breaking of possessions, threats) victim tries to appease the batterer.
- Battering (physical abuse, sexual abuse, psychological abuse).
- Honeymoon Stage (Continued effort of power and control, batterer becomes loving and apologetic).
Learn more about this excellent organization by visiting their website www.CommunityWelcomeHouse.org