Domestic violence and/or sexual assault will affect one in three women and one in seven men at some point in their lives. In recognition of October’s Domestic Violence Awareness Month, United Way of the Midlands (UWM) is raising awareness of the prevalence of domestic violence in our community. As part of the effort to raise awareness, UWM has produced a Community Spotlight video featuring Heather Tomczak, UWM director of community impact, and Elizabeth Power, director of marketing and public relations at the Women’s Center for Advancement. UWM will also share a series of social media posts, develop website content and sponsor an Omaha World-Herald story about domestic violence during October.
Outside of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, UWM has developed a number of partnerships that raise awareness in order to ensure community members can better meet the needs of survivors. UWM also invests in four local programs that provide support to survivors of domestic abuse through safe shelter, counseling and legal services.