CEASE group says: NO MORE!

Pictured, top row — Donna Kelly, Executive Director/Sara Seals, Outreach Supervisor/Nancy Seal, Court Supervisor/Jessica Stapleton, Transportation Specialist; Bottom Row — Jenna Wingo, Hawkins Co. Domestic Violence Advocate/Ashly Yount, Sexual Assault Coordinator/Jamie Bradley, Hawkins Co. Sexual Assault Advocate.

ROGERSVILLE — At a time when our nation seems to become more divided by the day, the NO MORE Week, held in March, is a way for everyone to join in one united front. This campaign unites organizations, companies, community leaders and people from around the world to stand together and make a commitment to end domestic violence and sexual assault and spotlight these issues year-round.

Violence impacts every one of us; the statistics prove this. One in four women in the U.S. is a victim of abuse by an intimate partner. Tennessee is ranked 4th in the nation for the rate of women murdered by men. Domestic Violence accounts for more than 50% of all crimes against persons in Tennessee. The Nashville Police Department receives a call related to Domestic Violence every 20 minutes. Domestic Violence costs taxpayers more than $37 billion a year.

Domestic violence is an epidemic, a cycle that sometimes repeats each generation, and the victims are the family, the community and society as a whole: police, courts, hospitals, prisons, schools, social services. Our children who witness domestic violence within the home are the silent victims, and they suffer emotional and psychological trauma that follows them into adulthood.

CEASE Inc., a nonprofit organization, will join in this campaign to speak out and take action. Our Hawkins Co. office is located at 405 S. Armstrong Rd., Suite #9, in Rogersville, and the phone number is (423) 347-5000. You can also contact Advocate Jenna Wingo via email at jwingocease@gmail.com.

Everyone can play a role in creating violence-free communities, so please join us with one voice, because we are stronger together.

There are many ways you can help CEASE of Hawkins Co. including volunteering and donating. Our emergency shelters are always in need of donated supplies such as hygiene/baby items, bed linens, towels, clothing, toys, pet food, cleaning products, small appliances, and household furnishings. You can also refer survivors who are in unsafe situations to us for services.

We welcome opportunities to speak to the community about our program, so please invite us to your churches, clubs and events. We can help survivors by providing safe shelter for adults and children, a 24-hour crisis hotline, rapid rehousing services, advocacy, and education.