Aid to Victims of Domestic Abuse (AVDA) providing a community of safety and hope

October Domestic Violence Awareness Month

PALM BEACH COUNTY, Fl. (CBS12)-- One in four women will experience domestic violence and one and seven men. October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month to help bring awareness and fight against abuse.

We've all seen the recent high-profile stories about domestic violence in the news and the numbers are staggering. That's where AVDA comes in. It stands for Aid to Victims of Domestic Abuse. For the past 30 years they’ve been a resource to let the thousands of victims and survivors know they're not alone.

Jennifer Rey is the Program Services Director for past 16 years. She tells CBS12's Michele Wright that there are some 'red-flag" behaviors to watch out for if you or someone you know might be experiencing domestic violence.

"Early warning signs are someone who is extremely jealous. They try to monitor what you do, where you go, who you talk questioning why didn't you get home at a certain time after work. They feel that you should've already been home by now. Who did you see? There is constant questioning of your everyday movements."

Rebecca Keck is the development coordinator. Walks, events, staff and volunteers help to get the word out of this disturbing epidemic.

"The more that I work with survivors, the more I hear their stories, She knew in college that this cause was her passion.

"I know that this something that we all need to work towards to fight against."

In addition to adults...children are often exposed to domestic violence. AVDA built a new state-of the art emergency shelter to provide a safe and confidential environment.

"People tend to think "shelters" are cold rooms filled with cots. However, that is not the case with our new 6,000 square foot facility. Our organization strives to create informed trauma treatment spaces that people can feel welcomed and comfortable. We do everything we can to restore dignity coming into a shelter program. It is so important that stories like this are told about the organization, what we do and that our hotline numbers are pushed as much as possible so that people can really connect with us and know that we are out there to help them."

To get involved and get more information on their upcoming events including Heart of a Woman Luncheon and Holiday Giving Program visit their website HERE. Donate HERE

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Donations Needed

We are in need of the following items. All products must be new and unopened. Please call 561-265-3797 to arrange to drop off items.

Personal Care:

  • Shampoo, Conditioner, Toothbrushes, Toothpaste, Mouthwash, Deoderant, Disposable Razors, Soaps, Body Wash and Feminine Products
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  • Pro Style Hair Gel (clear and brown)
  • Edge Control
  • Coconut Formula Protein Packs (Leave in Conditioner)
  • Creme of Nature (Shampoo and Conditioner)

What is Domestic Abuse?

A pattern of abusive behavior in any relationship that is used by one partner to gain or maintain power and control over another intimate partner. Domestic violence can be physical, sexual, emotional, economic, or psychological actions or threats of actions that influence another person. This includes any behaviors that intimidate, manipulate, humiliate, isolate, frighten, terrorize, coerce, threaten, blame, hurt, injure, or wound someone.

1 in 4 women and 1 in 7 men aged 18 and older in the United States have been a victim of severe physical violence by an intimate partner in their lifetime.

1 in 3 teens experiences abuse from a dating partner.

Domestic violence costs $8.3 billion in expenses annually: a combination of higher medical costs ($5.8 billion) and lost productivity ($2.5 billion).

If you or someone you know is experiencing domestic abuse or violence call 24-Hour Crisis Hotline (800) 355-8547

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