It all started with a ground breaking ceremony and within a few months, the old buildings are gone and brand new facilities are coming to life in their place. According to Angie Fiene, director of Citizens Against Domestic Violence, CADV, the building is on schedule. "The brick and siding are going on this week and drywall within the next 30 days," she said. The expected move in date is January 28, 2013.
In order to serve the women and children of this area better, CADV needed to expand. The new 5,400 square foot shelter will be able to house up to 40 women and children at a time.
The building is coming together, but that prompts a new need. "We are desperate to get the rooms and furniture adopted out. We have the rooms available for adoption at 3,000 dollars each and that will completely furnish and decorate the room. Still looking for donors on the donor wall. All of that money will go to furnishing the new building," Fiene said.
To donate to CADV and to find out more about the donor wall, visit www.cadv-voc.org.
As part of a national movement to prevent violence, Citizens Against Domestic Violence in Camdenton is recognizing October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month.
“Victims—women, children and men in our communities—often need help and protection that they never receive,” CADV’s Executive Director Angie Fiene, said. “It is vital that we make resources available to all survivors who need them.”
Today, advocates, victims and others will gather to recognize the impact of Domestic Violence and the growing need for services as CADV hosts their annual luncheon event at Lodge of Four Seasons.
Domestic violence affects people of all socioeconomic backgrounds and education levels.
Some victims face difficulty when trying to access services—last year, nearly 19,000 Missouri adults, youth and children were unable to find shelter at a domestic violence program due to lack of resources according to the Missouri Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence. That means for every person able to stay in safety at a Missouri domestic violence shelter, nearly two were turned away because shelters were full, Fiene said.
Domestic Violence Awareness Month is a time for all Americans to learn about domestic violence, reflect on the costs of the crime to our society, and promote laws, policies and programs to improve services to victims, hold offenders accountable and prevent domestic violence in our communities.
During the past two decades, Missouri has made strides in securing rights, protections and services for victims of domestic violence. Lawmakers and domestic violence advocates have worked to criminalize domestic violence and marital rape, establish Orders of Protection with criminal penalties for violations, obtain funding for domestic violence services, ensure confidentiality for the safety and dignity of victims, strengthen Child Welfare Laws to protect battered mothers and their children, and enhance penalties for offenders to match the seriousness of the crime.
Yet many domestic violence victims have not experienced the promise of such progress. Despite these advancements, each year, more than 50 percent of domestic violence incidents are never reported to the police according to the U.S. Department of Justice. Some victims might not recognize their experience as a crime. At times, protections are not enforced.
"Domestic violence is all about power and control. It is defined as a pattern of assaultive and coercive behaviors that adults or adolescents use against their intimate partners. It's not a isolated or one-time event, but rather a pattern of events that occurs over time," Fiene said. "These behaviors may include physical, sexual, and psychological attacks, as well as economic abuse. They occur in intimate relationships where the batterer and victim are currently, or have been previously dating, living together, or married. They may have children together. The relationship may be long-term or very short-lived, and domestic violence can occur in heterosexual, gay, or lesbian relationships."
Fiene said domestic violence know no barriers. It occurs in all racial, cultural, socioeconomic, educational, occupational, and religous groups.
Citizens Against Domestic Violence
“Make the Break” 5K run/walk
Linn Creek City Park
Registration 8 a.m.
Run starts 9 a.m.
$20 individual registration fee
$15 each additional family member
Pets and strollers welcome