For the eighth consecutive year, 13 WTHR is shattering the silence on all forms of abuse. One in four American families suffers from abuse – sometimes physical, sometimes verbal, mental, emotional or sexual abuse. Do you know someone who has been abused or are you in an abusive relationship? If so, you can call 2-1-1 for help. Or you can click here to learn more about how you can join us in shattering the silence.
I brought the idea to shattering the silence on domestic abuse to the station when I first took the job as Community Affairs Director eight years ago. I thought we would do this campaign for just one summer, but I am proud to work at a station that has stayed committed to ‘shattering the silence’ now for eight years. If the problem doesn’t end, why should our campaign end? I felt compelled to launch this campaign because this is ultimately about our future – our children. If children live in homes filled with abuse, they are bound to repeat the cycle of abuse for future generations. We love our children. Let’s do what we can to give them their best life. Model the kind of relationships that they can emulate successfully.
Many families don’t want to be abusive. They are just repeating behaviors that they experienced as children. You can heal your family by reaching out for help. There are dozens of Central Indiana domestic abuse service agencies that can help teach families how to have healthy relationships. Again, just call 2-1-1, the Connect-2-Help line, and ask operators to guide you to an agency that can address your particular needs.
In the meantime, 13 WTHR will be broadcasting news series profiling various forms of abuse in July and August. If you have any thoughts you would like to share about surviving an unhealthy relationship – and advice for others on how to find healing – please let us k now. Or if you have a story idea for “Shattering the Silence”, please share that as well.
I will also be profiling domestic abuse issues and service agencies on the Noon Focus interview segment that I host Monday through Friday. If you have any issues or organizations that you think we should profile in those segments, please let me know. We may choose your idea and talk about it on Focus. And if you have questions about abusive relationships, click here to ask Carol the Coach, a marriage and family therapist, who visits our Focus segment once a month. She may answer your question on air, but she will keep your anonymity.
Please join us in shattering the silence. There are many ways you can help. And you can shatter the silence by helping your family, such as teaching your children about healthy relationships. Read more about all of this on wthr.com.
You will hear more details about the campaign in the days ahead.