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Our goal for October is to raise awareness about Domestic Violence and Intimate Partner Violence (DV / IPV) and how it affects 1 in 3 people in their lifetime regardless of race, gender, age, sexuality, religion or socioeconomic status.
We have partnered with 65 local businesses and organizations to become an Ambassador to help #UnmaskDomesticViolence by distributing over 5,000 face masks and 10,0000 pieces of informational material to community members in order to raise awareness about DV / IPV. By working with a variety of community partners, we are creatively and effectively reaching people throughout the Greater Rochester area. Some notable partners include:
- Butler Till Media
- Genesee Regional Bank
- Harris Beach
- IDE Dealership
- Kittelberger Florist
- Sage Rutty
- Scratch Bakery
- US Attorney’s Office
We have created a unique partnership with Scratch Bakery http://scratchbakeshoproc.com/ who are creating sweet treats specific for raising awareness of this issue. They are donating a portion of the proceeds from their October sales to RESOLVE.
Face masks include RESOLVE’s name, logo, and theme for October, #UnmaskDomesticViolence. The informational material highlights statistics of DV / IPV as well as RESOLVE’s therapeutic services and educational programs as a community resource that have helped people break the cycle of Domestic Violence.
Since COVID-19, RESOLVE has seen a 40% increase in services. Rates of anxiety and depression have skyrocketed and clients are often in close quarters with their abusive partner since the pandemic hit back in March, which places them at even higher risk. Other organizations like Willow Domestic Violence Center and the NYS Domestic Violence Hotline have also experienced an increase in the need for services as well as hotline calls.
For more information about what RESOLVE is doing to #UnmaskDomesticViolence in October, how to become an Ambassador, or to attend one of our educational events, please visit our website: www.resolve-roc.org.