Drive Out Domestic Violence Campaign, A Mission, A Message, A Promise
Domestic violence is as insidious as it is common and its impact on our world as a whole is stunning. The economic and psychological damage inflicted on its victims has far-reaching effects beyond personal experiences suffered.
The repercussions of this behavior can ripple throughout society over generations. You may have heard the sayings, "violence begets violence" or "the abused becomes the abuser". The sad truth is that many victims of domestic violence will perpetuate that cycle.
Here in South Dakota, one in 3 women, and one in 4 men, will experience domestic violence in their lifetime. Every year over 8 million children are exposed to it. As I was when I was a child. But there are ways to combat it and create change, because no one should have to live in fear, especially in their own home.
Children's Inn here in Sioux Falls has made this their mission since they opened in 1977 as one of the first crisis shelters in the country. Last year they helped almost 1,000 women and children in need of emergency shelter. They also provide counseling, advocacy, and support, all free of charge.
One of the easiest things you can do is to simply Text HOPE to 80100 to donate $5. It takes about a minute of your time and the cost of your morning coffee. But it can, and will, make a huge difference to people in the Sioux Falls area trying to rebuild their lives.