Domestic violence happens at home, in the heart of the place that is meant to be secure and safe. It takes many forms and has the power to be terrifying and humiliating. Domestic abuse can cause anxiety, depression, feelings of shame and fear—for the victims and their children. Having the ability to flee with a safe place to land can make the difference between a chance at security and well-being, and living in constant fear. As well, it can be difficult to escape an abusive relationship, and recently that has been made even more complex and challenging with many places shut down from Covid-19.
Like any good home, even a temporary one like the SAFE Shelter, there is loving support, including crisis intervention, counseling services, court advocacy, and more. At SAFE, anyone, even those without resources, has access to services to help them become informed, educated and independent—and take back control of their own lives.
Just last week, the Carteret County Domestic Violence Program unveiled a new SAFE monument at Jaycee Park in downtown Morehead City in order to bring awareness to domestic violence here in our community. A variety of folks have contributed toward this effort—the Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament, the SECU Foundation and our very own Mary Cheatham King have donated their time and money. It is a collaborative and ongoing effort of kindness, compassion and assistance.
Our community needs YOUR help to keep this program alive! Due to Covid-19 closures, the SAFE program has lost sales from their thrift shop and the cancellation of the Shop, Savor, and Sip event — their biggest fundraiser of the year. It is anticipated that the need for services for domestic violence survivors will greatly increase due to the hardships brought about by this pandemic. You can show your support by making a donation — no matter how small— to their Shop, Savor and Sip No Show fundraiser that will take place during October for Domestic Violence Awareness Month through November 15, 2020. Every little bit helps! Visit their website HERE and make your donation!