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Domestic Violence Awareness Month; Amelia’s Voice advocates for healthy relationships

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Amelia's Voice(WBNG 12 News)
Published: Oct. 20, 2021 at 3:52 PM EDT
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JOHNSON CITY (WBNG) -- October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM).

DVAM is held every October as a way to unite advocates across the nation in their efforts to end domestic violence. In the Southern Tier, Amelia’s Voice is an organization that advocates for a community filled with healthy relationships that are free from violence and control. Amelia’s Voice Board Member (Amelia’s Aunt) Rebecca Walling said domestic violence can happen to anyone.

“We are a violence awareness group and we joined forces together to provide awareness for domestic violence and let everyone know that it’s out there and it can happen to anybody,” Wallling said. “Amelia was our niece who was 16-years-old and taken through domestic violence from her young boyfriend.”

Amelia’s Voice Board Member (Amelia’s Aunt) Betsy Tompkins said one in eight women and one in 15 men are victims of domestic violence.

“Domestic violence is out there everywhere and it doesn’t discriminate,” Tompkins said. “That’s why it’s so important that we talk about it and we use our voice to learn from it and help others.”

Amelia’s Voice holds several events over the course of the year to raise awareness about domestic violence and provide a safe space for individuals to let them know that they are not alone. Walling said they host two major events each year the AW 5k and a golf tournament at Blue Stone Golf Course.

Tompkins said leaving an abusive relationship can be hard so it is important to be supportive.

“With these types of individuals it’s not just saying you have to leave him it’s going to take up they say on average seven times before an individual does leave that abuser,” Tompkins said. “It’s something that you need to do to be a friend and be there with them because if you push them they’ll eventually continue sticking up for their significant other.”

To get in contact with Amelia’s Voice you can visit their website or Facebook Page.

If you or someone you know is experiencing domestic violence call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-7233 SAFE.