National Domestic Violence Awareness Month is honored every October, often competing with other worthy, and more well known issues. To be sure there is exposure to the intimate partner violence cause, Shattered Lives Radio welcomes back previous guest, Elmire Ravin, Executive Director of My Sister’s House located in North Charleston, South Carolina.
Listeners will learn about not only the issue of domestic violence, but the work of advocates and organizations across the country who have been working to make changes in the way the issue is perceived. While there have been many advances in education and awareness over the years, victims are still being asked, “why don’t you just leave?”
With the national attention on the NFL, especially the very public incident involving Baltimore Ravens player, Ray Rice and his then girlfriend. The spotlight has been turned back on as it is when there is a celebrity or professional athlete involved in intimate partner violence. This is the time everyone must push to make quick advances before the light goes dim and the story stops making headlines and everyone goes back to their own lives.
My Sister’s House
MY SISTER’S HOUSE, INC., is a nonprofit organization founded in 1980 that provides services, programs and resources to empower domestic violence victims and their children to live free from abuse. The organization operates an emergency temporary shelter at an undisclosed location for up to 36 women and children who flee abusive situations in Charleston, Berkeley and Dorchester counties in South Carolina.
Elmire Ravin will join the show to continue the dialogue, along with a member of the Survivor’s Board of My Sister’s House. The organization has several programs to meet the needs of victims and their children. They have a 24 hour hotline, a well staffed shelter program, children’s program, and an active community outreach which “is committed to providing both support and education to victims of domestic violence in the Trident area. Our goals are to improve community awareness of this complex problem and to open the door to a better life for victims.”
To listen to the podcast of the previous show with Elmire Ravin Safety First at My Sister’s House Click Here
Shattered Lives: Domestic Violence Awareness Month, Guest Elmire Ravin