Help Victims of Domestic Violence, Have Fun and Support a Worthy Cause!
The Women’s Center of Montgomery County, the region’s premier volunteer organization providing support, education and counseling to victims of domestic violence is hosting their 12th annual 5K Run/3K Walk, Sunday, July 31st at Germantown Academy – Carey Stadium, 340 Morris Rd, Fort Washington PA. Registration starts at 8 am. The event starts at 9:00 am, rain or shine. Support a great organization, get some exercise and share in a wonderful cause. The cost is $25 per runner or walker, $30 virtual run/walk including postage. Children under 12 are free. Register online at www.wcmontco.org. For additional information, call 215-635-7340.
Proceeds from the event will go to help provide services for victims of domestic violence and to provide awareness and education to prevent domestic violence.
It is estimated that 1out of 4 women will be victims of domestic violence in their lifetimes. Domestic violence can affect anyone, regardless of income, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity or religion. Domestic violence occurs in same-sex relationships, and men can be victims as well. Victims of domestic violence can suffer far reaching effects for years after incidents have occurred.
The WCMC, which serves more than 4,700 victims of family violence each year, is guided by our unifying goals of Prevention, Intervention and Empowerment. The specific array of services we provide include: a 24-hour domestic violence and crisis hotline; elder abuse counseling and supportive services; legal advocacy; court accompaniment; individualized peer and group domestic violence counseling; information and referral; hospital accompaniment; stalking prevention on college campuses; emergency relocation funding for victims; prevention education and outreach to the community and schools.
Through these services, the WCMC supports victims and their families in their transition toward safety and stability, while also training first responders and other social service providers so that they can effectively identify and refer victims and educating our community about the dynamics of abuse and available resources to assist them.
Since 1976, The Women’s Center of Montgomery County (http://wcmontco.org) has provided help to victims of domestic violence and their families. Our Domestic Violence Program provides a number of programs and services toward the elimination of domestic violence. These include a 24-hour hotline, individual and group counseling, school and corporate training programs and legal/medical advocacy. In 2014 / 2015 the Women’s Center provided free services to over 4,700 victims of domestic violence in Montgomery County in our six offices.