Supervisor Cook Hosts Event to Raise Awareness About Domestic Violence


October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Supervisor Cook invites you to join him to raise awareness of domestic violence and help Shelter House and Fairfax CASA, two local charities involved in the issue.

Domestic violence is the number one cause of injury to women, more than car accidents, muggings, and rape combined. Here in Fairfax County domestic violence is the number one cause of homicide. Children too suffer from domestic violence. Even if not subjected to physical violence, children who repeatedly witness domestic violence might suffer permanent emotional injury. Children who suffer from domestic abuse are twice as likely to then abuse their own spouses and children.
We hope you will join Supervisor Cook this October to raise awareness of domestic violence and funding for two great Fairfax County charities.
About the charities

Fairfax CASA, or Court Appointed Special Advocates, helps children navigate the confusing and scary aftermath of domestic violence when the juvenile court steps in to provide protection due to abuse or neglect. Often, so many things are changing for a child -- his or her home, school, guardians -- that having one dedicated advocate to fight for his or her rights and help with the transitions can make a huge difference when it’s most important. Fairfax CASA finds and trains ordinary citizens to be the voice in court for these children at such an uncertain time.
Shelter House’s domestic violence shelter, Artemis House is Fairfax County’s only emergency shelter for families and individuals fleeing domestic/sexual violence and human trafficking. The emergency shelter provides crisis intervention and temporary housing in an undisclosed “safe-house.” Safety planning, immediate basic needs assistance, and comprehensive service planning is available to prepare for a transition to more permanent and stable housing. Artemis House provides intensive case management services, individual and group counseling, employment assistance, and children’s programs.

About the event
There will be food, music, and fundraising. Kilroy’s has generously volunteered to donate 10 percent of food proceeds to the cause. There will also be raffle items and chances to donate directly for the cause.

Where
Kilroy’s Restaurant and Sports Bar
5250 Port Royal Road
Springfield, VA 22150

When
October 17, 2013
6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

RSVP
Call: 703-425-9300
Email: Braddock@fairfaxcounty.gov
Online (preferred): fightviolence.eventbrite.com

Supervisor Cook Hosts Domestic Violence Experts on Domestic Violence

Supervisor Cook hosts a monthly television show, Braddock Neighborhood News, on Fairfax County Channel 16 which is available on most cable networks. Each month, Supervisor Cook invites topical guests on to share pertinent and informative items with the viewers.

This month’s show features Sandy Bromley, who serves as the Fairfax County-Wide Domestic Violence Coordinator and Kim Roman Corle, the interim Executive Director for NOVACO, a non-profit organization that provides affordable housing for victims of domestic violence. With October being Domestic Violence Awareness Month, it’s important to discuss this serious but sometimes unseen issue.

The shows air throughout the month and can be seen Sundays at 5:00 p.m., Wednesdays at 7:00 p.m. and Fridays at 5:00 p.m.


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