October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month | TheUnion.com

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month

The Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Coalition in Nevada County is highlighting Domestic Violence Awareness Month with several fundraisers.

While domestic violence happens all year around, the month of October represents an opportunity to take action against this social problem. In August 2010, the Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Coalition answered 190 calls on its 24-hour crisis line and provided more than 60 people with domestic violence services.

Supporters of an end to domestic violence can pick up a purple ribbon at downtown Grass Valley and Nevada City merchants, then visit http://www.dvsac.org for three ways to take action and end domestic violence in western Nevada County.

Two events are happening mid-month in support of Domestic Violence Awareness Month:

• From 12 p.m. until 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 16 at the Smith Vineyard Tasting Room, enjoy wine and music. Twenty percent of the day’s proceeds are being donated by Smith Vineyard to help end domestic violence in our community. The tasting room is at 142 Mill St., downtown Grass Valley,

• The Northridge Restaurant in Nevada City is donating 15 percent of proceeds to DVSAC when patrons dine from 5 to 9 p.m. Monday, Oct. 18.

If you or someone you know has experienced domestic violence or sexual assault and needs help, call the DVSAC 24-hour Crisis Line at (530) 272-3467, visit http://www.dvsac.org or walk into the Client Service Center at 960 McCourtney Road, Suite E, Grass Valley. Trained counselors are ready to offer safety, support and empowerment.

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