Advocates spreading the message on Domestic Violence Awareness Day

Jasmine Moisides and Rebecca Wellner with the YWCA joined News 18 at Noon on Thursday, Oct. 20, 2016, to talk about Domestic Violence Awareness Day. (WLFI Photo)
Jasmine Moisides and Rebecca Wellner with the YWCA joined News 18 at Noon on Thursday, Oct. 20, 2016, to talk about Domestic Violence Awareness Day. (WLFI Photo)

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — October is national Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and Oct. 20 marks Domestic Violence Awareness Day.

Advocates are working to spread the message of how we can all put a stop to domestic violence.

Jasmine Moisides is the director of the YWCA’s Domestic Violence Intervention and Prevention program, and Rebecca Wellner is a child advocate also through the YWCA. Both women joined News 18 at Noon to discuss how anyone can help prevent domestic violence.

Domestic violence affects people of all ages.

“On a national level, we know one in three [people are affected by domestic violence],” Moisides said. “We know over 3 million children nationwide [are affected], and we know it is disproportionately affecting 18 to 24-year-olds.”

Moisides said the YWCA offers many options for anyone experiencing domestic violence.

“We have free domestic violence counseling,” she said. “I think that’s so important because a lot of people feel that there’s nowhere to go.”

The YWCA offers a hotline that is available 24 hours a day. You can reach it at 765-423-1118 or 888-345-1118.

The domestic violence shelter at YWCA Greater Lafayette sees about 20 children per month, according to Moisides.

Wellner said her goal is to connect mothers with services they can use to become the kind of parents they want to be.

“Maybe they didn’t have a great role model; maybe they are so overwhelmed by their situation that they are detaching from their kids,” said Wellner. “We want to let them know that they’re not alone. We’re there to help them through that process and to make sure that if the kids were part of that situation – if they saw things [or] experienced things in the home – that they get the therapy they need.”