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East River FCU organizes donation drive during Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Each October, advocates survivors and supporters recognize Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM). This year, East River Federal Credit Union partnered with the Domestic Violence Network in Madison, S.D. to collect donations for those who have been affected by domestic violence.

More prevalent than most realize, one in four women and one in seven men will experience domestic violence in their lifetimes. Anyone, regardless of gender, race, sexual identity, sexual orientation, or socio-economic status, can become a victim.

“This year’s theme for domestic violence awareness month is ‘Every1KnowsSome1’ which highlights how common domestic violence is and it’s more than just physical violence,” said Erica Clements, East River Federal Credit Union Marketing Specialist. “It’s very likely we all know someone who is affected by domestic violence, and we may never know she or he is a victim. The credit union believes that it’s important to support those who are affected by domestic violence through donating to the Domestic Violence Network along with raising awareness of how widespread this kind of violence is.”

East River FCU was able to donate over 100 items that came from credit union members and staff during a two-week donation drive. The Domestic Violence Network offers a crisis line, temporary short-term shelter, support and advocacy for those who have been impacted by domestic violence for the Lake region.

Domestic violence is a pattern of controlling behavior that includes physical, sexual, economic, emotional and psychological abuse of one family member or intimate partner by another, according to the Domestic Violence Network. The goal of domestic violence is to establish and maintain power and control.

If you find yourself a victim of domestic violence, contact the Domestic Violence Network crisis line at 605-480-2721

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