Domestic Violence Awareness Month
October is often known for Breast Cancer Awareness, and this is HUGE! You need to make sure you are getting yearly exams and that you are doing self exams!
But Domestic Violence is sometimes the dirty little secret. There are no "tough enough to wear purple" nights, no purple ribbons being passed out, no purple towels or socks or accessories being worn by football players. Is that a problem? No. Breast Cancer is a serious thing that affects thousands in our community. I love that everyone has gotten behind the awareness. I just want us to not push domestic violence back into the closet.
I've teamed up with the Professional Beauty Association and their program against domestic violence, Cut it Out. CUT IT OUT is a program of the PBA Foundation and is dedicated to mobilizing salon professionals and others to fight the epidemic of domestic abuse in communities across the U.S.
CUT IT OUT builds awareness of domestic abuse and trains salon professionals to recognize warning signs and safely refer clients and fellow salon professionals to local resources. Salon professionals have the extraordinary opportunity to give hope and help to clients and co-workers who are in abusive relationships.
This October, consider adding some purple ribbon next to your pink ribbon.
Keep your eyes and your heart open. If you see someone who needs help, do something to help them, without placing your self in danger. I have small, discreet information you can pass along to someone in a dangerous situation - just grab a handful at your next visit to keep with you in case a situation comes up.
Below are some resources that will come in handy if you know someone in a dangerous domestic situation. Share them.
To get help in Lea County:
200 N Dalmont, Hobbs NM
New Mexico Coalition Against Domestic Violence
www.nmcadv.org 1000 Cordova Place, #52 Sante Fe, NM 87505 505-246-9240
This October, let's raise awareness about all the issues women have to deal with.
1 in 8 women develop breast cancer.
1 in 3 women have experienced some sort of physical violence by an intimate partner.
Those statistics are alarming! As women, we have to speak for other women.
Much love to you all!