Running Out of Silence raises awareness about domestic violence
Posted: Oct 5, 2013 5:59 PM by David Jay – Q2 News
Updated: Oct 5, 2013 7:01 PM
BILLINGS – One in five domestic violence cases get reported, according the Domestic Violence Abuse Awareness Society (DVAAS).
The group says each year, about 600,000 cases get reported nationwide, so about 2.4 million go unreported.
“Running out of Silence” is an event designed to raise awareness of domestic violence, and was held Saturday at the MSU-Billings student union building.
“Please do ask for help because it does not get better,” said Jamie Rindahl, founder and president of DVAAS. “It will never get better, it will get worse. It causes over 16,800 deaths per year”
And she says it happens in different ways. “Sexual abuse, verbal abuse, mental abuse, financial control and death,” Rindahl said.
As for the event, most of the action happened inside the student union but still had the idea of “Running Out of Silence.”
“Our main focus is getting the word out,” Rindahl said. “Just getting the people talking about it.”
Maurice Pritchard of the Community Crisis Center came out to support the efforts of DVAAS.
He sees the results of domestic violence.
“It’s easy to see,” Pritchard said. “Most people have either known someone or seen someone that’s been involved in that situation. I do think there is there is emotional violence that is less visible.”
Pritchard says if you see domestic violence let the person know there is help available.
“They say you can’t lead a horse to water,” Pritchard said. “You can’t make it drink but you can make it thirsty, so letting them know there are services out there, encouraging them. Being there for them.”
And pritchard says the abused and the abuser both need help. “If you’re one of the people doing the abuse, there’s help for you too,” he said.
“Running Out of Silence, we’re done, we’re going to stand up against this and do something about it,” Rindahl said. :”So here we are.”
The money raised from “Running Out of Silence” helps the YWCA, the Gateway House and the Montana Health Center.
Topics: Running Out of Silence, Domestic Violence Abuse Awareness Society, Billings, Montana, Montan State University-Billings