“Break the Silence of Domestic and Sexual Violence” by Kit Gruelle
April 15 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Join Kit Gruelle as she explores a deeply disturbing fact – the most dangerous place for a woman in America is her own home. Domestic violence crimes account for 40% of all calls to police and only half of the domestic violence incidences are reported. Across America, at least four women, on average, are murdered by abusive partners every day.
Kit will share statistics, stories and action steps to combat domestic violence. She will reveal a world we have hidden with our silence, our laws, and our lack of understanding. She will immerse us in the lives of several women as they attempted to leave their abusers, setting them on a collision course with institutions that failed them. The critical question is “How do we build a future without domestic violence?”
Buncombe County’s Project Still Standing is one initiative to break the silence surrounding domestic and sexual violence. As survivors share their stories, the hope is to inspire our community to stand up, speak out and perhaps give other victims the courage they may need to come forward and receive services at Buncombe County’s Family Justice Center.
Kit Gruelle, is a Community Educator who has been active in the work to end domestic violence for more than 30 years. Kit was featured in the 2014 HBO feature-length documentary film “Private Violence”. She is a prevention educator at Helpmate – an independent non-profit agency providing services to victims of domestic violence in Buncombe County.