Community partners in stand against domestic violence |

Community partners in stand against domestic violence

Stephanie Terrassa
Submitted to The Union

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month and while domestic violence happens all year around, this month represents an opportunity to take action against this issue.

October is dedicated to raising awareness of domestic violence, mourning those who have died because of it, celebrating those who have survived, and connecting those who work to end violence. Did you know that one in four women and one in nine men will experience domestic violence in their lifetime?

One in three teens reported knowing a friend or peer who has been physically abused by an intimate partner (visit for national statistic information).

In October of last year, the Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Coalition in Nevada County answered 166 calls on the 24 hour crisis line and provided over 126 individuals, women, men and children, with domestic violence services. As resources in our community are lessening, the need for services is rising. The headlines continue to report on the severity of domestic violence as it impacts our friends and neighbors.

October gives everyone the chance to take a public stand against domestic violence. The DVSAC is partnering with the Grass Valley Downtown Association through the Purple Ribbon Campaign.

Visit downtown Grass Valley and see the lampposts wrapped in purple ribbon with information about domestic violence. Pick up a free purple ribbon at Downtown Grass Valley merchants and show support for someone you know and your stand against this issue. Wear the ribbon and visit the website at for 3 ways you can safely take action and help others in our community.

On Oct. 27, from noon to 7 p.m., visit Smith Vineyard Tasting Room at 142 Mill St, in downtown Grass Valley. A portion of the proceeds from sales are donated to DVSAC by Smith Vineyards to continue the work to end domestic violence. Enjoy fantastic wine and support the community.

DVSAC appreciates the support of the community and the partnerships with businesses, organizations and individuals all year around. Visit for other ways to stand against domestic violence in our community. “Like” DVSAC on Facebook to make a donation, learn more about the issue or stay up to date about upcoming events to participate in.

If you or someone you know has experienced domestic violence or sexual assault and needs help, please call the DVSAC 24 hour Crisis Line at (530)272-3467 or visit the Client Service Center at 960 McCourtney Road, Suite E in Grass Valley. There are trained counselors ready to offer free and confidential services that provide safety, support and empowerment in order to help stop the cycle of violence.

Stephanie Terrassa is a prevention advocate with the Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault Coalition.

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