• Karen Heckman Stork

Shop to Stop Domestic Violence

Quote: It is not the bruises on the body that hurt. It is the wounds of the heart and the scars on the mind. Aisha Mirza

Activities continue during October as part of Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVMA). One such activity to promote awareness and support Voices of Hope (VOH) is the “Shop to Stop Domestic Violence” Week from October 22 through October 28. During that week, participating merchants have agreed to donate a portion of their sales to Voices of Hope to continue their important work of supporting women in domestic abuse situations.

I will be involved in a couple of activities to promote awareness of the destructiveness of various forms of domestic abuse. On Sunday, October 22 at 12:30 p.m., I will talk with Cinnamon Dokken on "That's What She Wrote," a conversation about women writers, on KZUM's The Wimmin's Show, 89.3 FM. I will talk about the “hidden” kinds of abuse discussed in my book, “Screw the Eggshells — Finding My Self After Verbal and Emotional Abuse.” I hope you will tune in at that time or listen to a podcast of the show at KZUM.org/that's-what-she-wrote/.

Then on Tuesday, October 24 from 4:30 to 6:00 p.m. please stop in to A Novel Idea Bookstore at 118 North 14th Street in Lincoln, NE where I will be doing a book signing. As part of the “Shop to Stop Domestic Violence” event, a portion of my sales for the entire month of October will be donated to VOH.

While domestic violence is recognized and condemned, the damage caused by other kinds of “hidden” abuse, such as verbal and emotional abuse and controlling behavior, is often minimized with remarks such as “well, it’s only words, at least it’s not physical.” Those who have lived through it, however, realize that verbal abuse is a killer of one’s self-image. “Hidden” forms of abuse often take away one’s self-confidence and ability to believe their own feelings. “Hidden” abuse must be recognized, acknowledged and overcome.

Action for the Week: Support merchants participating in the “Shop to Stop Domestic Violence” event.

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