MOREHEAD CITY — Domestic Violence is an epidemic – locally and nationally.  The average number of calls to Carteret County Communications for law enforcement intervention is in excess of 1,700 calls annually. Each year, the Carteret County Domestic Violence Program provides safe shelter and supportive services to approximately 300 women, men and children.

CCDVP Executive Director Glenda Riggs states, “Domestic violence affects hundreds of men, women and children in our community each year, many of whom have had to flee their homes to seek safety from further incidents of abuse.”

As members of this community, Riggs notes it is “our duty and obligation to do what we can to help our children grow up in safe homes, free from fear and abuse.” Through this campaign the Carteret County Domestic Violence Program is asking the community, men and women, “to join with us to Take a Stand against domestic violence by making a contribution to support our Safe House and supportive services programs.”

Tax deductible donations will help keep men, women and children safe while they seek to break the cycle of abuse for themselves and future generations.

“Domestic abuse should not be tolerated in any community, and we need your help as citizens of Carteret County to stand up for change!” Riggs emphasizes. “A person for change is a father, mother, brother, sister, husband, wife, son, daughter or any person who believes domestic violence is a crime.”

A person for change believes that he or she is a part of the solution and can make a difference locally with a charitable contribution of $100. Donations can also be made in honor or memory of loved ones or a special person in your life.

“Will you be an Advocate for Change in Carteret County?” Riggs notes in a release. “Do you believe that it is important for all people to stand up and serve as a role model for others, to speak out about the reality of the crime of domestic violence? Will you stand up and model the leadership that is needed to help prevent domestic violence in our community? Let’s make it clear that domestic violence is unacceptable and cannot be tolerated.”

To join the 100 People for Change Campaign, donations are requested by Father’s Day, Sunday, June 20 online at www.carteretdomesticviolence.com or by mail to CCDVP, PO Box 2279, Morehead City, NC 28557. The name of every contributor who signs up to the campaign with a contribution by June 20 will be listed in the Carteret County News-Times and on the program’s social media the Sunday following Father’s Day.

Businesses and organizations are encouraged to become a “Community Partner” by promoting a violence-free workplace with a donation of $100 or more. They are also encouraged to enlist employees’ support of the campaign by asking them to team together in groups of 10 with each donating $10.

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