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Raising awareness about domestic violence

POSTED: October 12, 2017 9:30 p.m.

A place known for promoting relaxation and serenity is looking to open people’s eyes when it comes to the issues of domestic violence.

Hinesville Day Spa owner Sheela Eichhorn and managers Charla Baggs and Carol West are raising funds and awareness in a month-long campaign.

While most people know that October is Breast Cancer Awareness, many do not know it is also National Domestic Violence Awareness month.

“Everybody does know about Breast Cancer awareness,” Baggs said. But October is also Domestic Violence Awareness month, Alzheimer’s Awareness month, Pregnancy and Infancy loss month, this month wears a lot of hats. But this is something that is very prevalent.”

Baggs said domestic violence has impacted her family more than once. Her sister was the victim of domestic violence and was killed in 2015. She added she nearly lost her cousin in August due to domestic violence.

“As the statistics say one in every four woman and one in every seven men have been victims of domestic violence,” Baggs said. “And it is something that a lot of people don’t like to talk about…it is kind of hidden. People don’t talk about it and some are in denial that they are in a domestic violence situation.”

Baggs said she is determined to bring the issue to the forefront. She said it’s important for people living in smaller communities such as Liberty, Long and Wayne County, to know they have resources available to assist people in those situations.

“There is help out there. There are places they can go and get help and start to rebuild their lives,” she said. “I am pretty sure that everybody has somebody or knows somebody that has been or is the victim of domestic violence. It’s out there.”

The spa kicked off a month long campaign last Sunday.

“Charla invited the representatives from Tri-County Protection Agency and Fair Haven of Jesup,” Eichhorn said. “They came out and set up tables with displays and talked to our spa clients.

Eichhorn said the event helped by educating people about the emotional, physical and mental abuse and distress caused by domestic violence. The shelter representatives offered information on where victims of domestic violence could find help and support. They also talked about the needs of each shelter.

Eichhorn said she was surprised to learn that Tri-County, located in Liberty County, actually assisted victims in five counties. She added she didn’t know Wayne County had a shelter until her company became involved in raising awareness. She said she learned a lot about domestic violence and felt compelled to offer assistance.

 “We want to do what we can to support those women and men,” Eichhorn said. 

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