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October is National Domestic Violence Awareness


October was first declared Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM) in 1982. Since then, organizations and communities have taken action to advocate and support the commemoration of DVAM.

For the first time, Reynolds Wellness Center is hosting a Women’s Self Defense Class in honor of Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Kyle Craig will teach Krav Maga on October 29th from 8am-12pm at the Wellness Center. Krav Maga is the official hand to hand combat and self-defense system of the Israeli Military. Its brutal and effective techniques are focused solely on real world situations. In July of 2021 Kyle was inducted in the United States Martial Arts Hall of Fame as the Combatives Instructor Of the Year. Participants can reserve their spot at Reynolds Wellness Center by paying $25 cash or make a check to W.C.M.A.

“In the past three years the Seminole PD has responded to 52 actual Domestic violence calls. This number is lower than normal due to laws recently changing that classifies what is an actual domestic violence case. We know there are many more domestic violence cases out there that go unreported for many different reasons. If you or someone you know are involved in a Domestic Violence situation you can call 405-382-5979 / 1-800-799-SAFE (7233) or 911 if it is an emergency,” said Police Chief Jon Withers.

The Family Resource Center (FRC) a proud partner agency of the Office of Attorney General, is located at 2015 W. Wrangler Blvd in Seminole. FRC is dedicated to working towards diminishing domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking and dating violence by "changing and saving lives daily." At the Family Resource Center, you will find advocates who are committed to assisting and supporting individuals, children, and survivors of domestic violence/sexual assault by providing services and ensuring a safe shelter environment to individuals living in and/or affected by violent relationships. Residential and non-residential clients are encouraged to develop a safety plan and service plan with achievable goals and work to obtain the objectives to begin the journey from victim to survivor. Through this process clients attend domestic violence, parenting education, job skills, independent living skills to help them better understand their situation and to navigate effectively through situations it in the future. FRC services are available to both non-residential and residential clients. Clients do not have to be in shelter to receive support services.

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