In recognition of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, SPCC welcomed Turning Point to present “Love Does Not Hurt” on Tuesday, October 18th in the Student Center of the Main Building.
Domestic Violence Awareness Month
Approximately 86 students were in attendance and ate pizza while listening to Turning Point’s Jessie Lindberg present about the different forms of domestic violence, which are often not physical. Common forms of domestic abuse are emotional, mental and sexual abuse. She shared how abusers use technology to exert control over their partners by remotely locking doors or adjusting the house temperature and how these forms of abuse take a deep emotional toll.
Ms. Lindberg shared that it can take up to seven acts of abuse before a survivor leaves an abusive relationship; it is difficult for people to leave due to a lack of financial resources and a safe place to go. She discussed the need for survivors to have an exit strategy so that when they leave their abusers, they can access their important documents and other essentials. On average, Turning Point clients stay in the shelter for 90 days.
SPCC counselors Eric Skeen and Dr. Erica Andrews discussed that Counseling Services can assist students who have experienced domestic violence and provide connections with community resources.
About Turning Point
Turning Point is the only organization in Union County that provides resources for domestic violence, sexual assault and child abuse survivors. Anyone who needs support from Turning Point can obtain resources or counseling for free.
The organization relies on volunteer support to maintain their stores and support their shelters. Anyone looking to volunteer can learn more about it by taking a mandatory one hour orientation class, available once a month, and volunteer opportunities exist for individuals and groups.
Shopping at Turning Point boutiques also helps to support survivors. Second Chance Boutiques are located in Waxhaw, Monroe and Indian Trail and there is a Home Décor Boutique in Monroe. To learn more about Turning Point services, volunteering, and shopping at the boutiques, visit www.turningpointnc.org.