Sparking Conversations for Domestic Violence Awareness Month

“Let’s Talk About It.” That’s the simple call to action from Saving Grace this October as the community observes Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Central Oregonians are coming together to start that conversation all month long, sharing their reasons for talking about domestic violence through videos, photos, art, and storytelling. 

During First Friday (Oct. 7) in Downtown Bend, survivors and their supporters will share artwork, stories, and songs on the theme “Imagine Life Without Violence” at a Survivor Art Show and Speak Out from 6-8 pm at Bluebird Coffee Company. Artwork will also be available for purchase, with 100 percent of the proceeds supporting Saving Grace.

Saving Grace is also teaming up with World Muse to present a special Muse Salon on the state of violence against women in Oregon on Monday, Oct. 24, from 5:30 to 7 pm at the Liberty Theater in Downtown Bend. A panel of experts will discuss the troubling findings from the “Count Her In” report, which reveals that more than half of Oregon women and girls experience domestic or sexual violence, while survivors and advocates give a face to the numbers.

All month long, Cuppa Yo will feature a special “purple yo” to help raise awareness about domestic violence. Their “Mt. Bachelor Blackberry” will be available at both the eastside and westside locations. Stay tuned for special donation nights at Cuppa Yo and other local eateries.

Together, Central Oregonians have the power to prevent domestic violence. Learn more about how to get involved by calling Erin Rook at 541-382-9227.