CCGC visited Muse Paintbar in Glastonbury last night for a fun evening of painting and socializing while raising awareness and funds for Programs related to Domestic Violence at the Clinic. CCGC offers Victims of Crime Assistance services and also Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy to children and their families, work that is closely tied with Domestic Violence and its effects. The color purple was prevalent throughout this event, representing domestic violence awareness. The elephant our group painted is meant to represent “the elephant in the room”; a common proverbial saying about a situation or topic that is difficult to discuss and often denied or ignored, despite the fact that is too big, too important, or too obvious to make truly ignoring it possible, or wise.
Unfortunately Domestic Violence does often go un-discussed, despite the fact that incidents of DV happen frequently and to a large proportion of Americans. Of those who report domestic violence incidents, 95% are women, and these incidents account for more injuries to women than any other single cause. Its also estimated that 1 in 4 women have suffered from domestic violence at some point in their lives, which means that we all know someone, or perhaps we ourselves have had some experience. And yet when you consider all of the dangers and threats to our safety that are discussed, DV usually doesn’t come up at all. Too often, this unwillingness to consider the topic or even consider the possibility of DV taking place can make it difficult for victims to seek help, escape an unsafe situation, or find support for themselves or children affected by abuse.
However, CCGC works to help victims do just that, along with the support of our community and our friends and neighbors’ generous donations to this cause. Last night, though the activity was fun and the conversation was light-hearted over all, there was a solemnity that filled the room when Domestic Violence was discussed, and just for a moment the room filled with a feeling of strength and also of togetherness in the face of this large and terrible social issue.
CCGC would like to thank all of our event participants who attended, as well as Muse Paintbar where the event was hosted. 40% of all ticket proceeds will directly impact clinic Programs and help us to provide more resources and better services to our community. We could not do what we do without your support, and we really enjoyed spending time with everyone at Muse as well. Keep spreading that fun and creativity everyone, and have a happy and safe October!
To see more facts about Domestic Violence, visit the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence’s website