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“Home, Safe Home” for the Holidays?

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December 24, 2007

Charleston, WV – With families and friends getting together this week for holiday celebrations, domestic violence experts say it's a good time to offer help and hope to people living with violence and abuse. Angie Rosser with the West Virginia Coalition Against Domestic Violence says thousands of people around the state don't feel safe in their own homes because of domestic abuse, but those who know them can make a difference.

"This could be a really important time to reach out to friends, family or loved ones who may be experiencing abuse in their homes, and letting them know about the free services that are available throughout the state of West Virginia."

She says a good place to start is the toll-free, 24-hour hotline that will put West Virginians in touch with local domestic violence shelters and other services. The number is 800-799-SAFE.

Rosser says the holiday message of "Peace on Earth" makes this a good time to think about how everyone can help build stronger, healthier relationships.

"Peace on Earth begins at home. We need to look within our own homes, and our neighbors', and in our own relationships with the people we care about, and learn how to support people and create healthier and nonviolent, fulfilling relationships."

Demand for domestic violence shelters increases around the holidays, Rosser says, so a meaningful way to help victims is to make a contribution that will be used to purchase supplies for those seeking help.

Rob Ferrett/Craig Eicher, Public News Service - WV