On Wednesday, October 6th, the Family Violence Center at Northwest Assistance Ministries hosted a Wreath Dedication Ceremony, as part of our Domestic Violence Awareness Month activities.
A representative from Commissioner R. Jack Cagle’s Office at Harris County Precinct 4 presented a special proclamation to NAM at the beginning of the ceremony. “We recognize Northwest Assistance Ministries for raising awareness and supporting survivors in our community,” the representative said. “We thank you, and your staff, for your commitment to listen, aid and protect our neighbors affected by the devastating consequences of domestic violence, and we sincerely appreciate your work to help create a culture in our community where we are safe and free from domestic violence.”
The names of 35 men, women, and teens who lost their lives to domestic violence were read out loud for all those attending the ceremony. These individuals were from the Houston area.
Sheryl Johnson, Director of the Family Violence Center, gave a brief presentation before the wreath’s unveiling.
“The wreath will stand as a reminder to all who are passing through NAM of the importance of not only remembering people, but of looking out for those around you,” she said. “Take a moment to think about the people you know. It is possible that you are suspicious of a neighbor or a relative’s behavior, or you know someone who was killed by a partner. Chances are, we all know at least one or two stories.”
According to Johnson, 185 Texans were killed by domestic violence in 2019, the last year when data was accurately reported.
Anyone visiting our offices during the month of October are invited to place a butterfly on the wreath. The wreath and butterflies were handmade by NAM employee Patty Camacho.
You can also participate in Domestic Violence Awareness Month by joining in our “Paint The Town Purple” initiative. Visit the link to learn more about how you can raise awareness of domestic violence during the month of October: https://www.namonline.org/dvam2021
If you or someone you know need help in a situation of domestic violence or abuse, call NAM’S Family Violence Center: (281) 885-4673
Proclamation from Precinct 4 Commissioner Jack Cagle's Office