October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. It’s a time to raise awareness about this epidemic that continues to plague countless women in children in the U.S. and around the world.
Although we have made a lot of progress with legislation like the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), we still have a long way to go before domestic violence is no longer a problem and it’s going to take major changes on many levels.
Facts about Domestic Violence
1 in 4 women will experience domestic violence in their lifetime
1 in 5 young women will be a victim of sexual assault while in college.
1 in 6 women have experienced an attempted or completed rape.
Boys who witness domestic violence are twice as likely to abuse their own partner and children in adulthood.
One in five teens in a serious relationship reports having been hit, slapped, or pushed by a partner.
Sadly, EWI has seen firsthand the negative impact domestic violence has on women. In March 2005, Empowered Women International lost an amazing woman artist and friend. Diana was only 33 and a mother of four, when she became a victim of domestic violence.
A talented artist and passionate cultural explorer, Diana started to create jewelry as a hobby combining old beads with fresh ideas and creative design, which resulted in amazing new art pieces. A mother of four young children, Diana searched for a way to engage her time in a creative endeavor and also to express her passion for arts, history and culture. Her striking designs and jewelry collection were featured at Empowered Women International and The Bead Museum in Washington, DC.
In honor of Diana and all those affected by Domestic Violence, this Friday we we are hosting Beads of Courage 2011 – A Storytelling and Jewelry Making Workshop. At the workshop you will learn about local domestic violence resources, have the opportunity to share with others, and create inspiring jewelery.
When: October 14th from 6pm to 8:30pm
Where: 1801 N. Quaker Lane, Alexandria, VA
Who: Women and Young Girls
*Beading Supplies will be available for purchase. (Earring supplies $5 and necklace and bracelet supplies will be $10)
Profit from beading supply sales will benefit EWI’s Entrepreneurship Fund for Women to provide business start-up scholarship and support services for women experiencing domestic violence.