Domestic violence is something that occurs in our community every day.
Matt Hellman, New Directions
MOUNT VERNON — For over 30 years, October has served as Domestic Violence Awareness Month in order to help bring attention to the issues around domestic violence and how people can help victims.
DVAM is “a time that the community is more aware of the issue, but domestic violence is something that occurs in our community every day,” Matt Hellman, executive director of New Directions Domestic Abuse Shelter and Rape Crisis Center, said.
Hellman said that the shelter is always trying to raise awareness by putting up billboards around Knox County, keeping updates on their Facebook of events and important information, and organizing prevention education programs both in Knox County schools and within the community.