October is Domestic Violence Awareness Prevention Month

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  • By Mark Wyatt
  • 66th Air Base Group Public Affairs

HANSCOM AIR FORCE BASE, Mass. – October marks Domestic Violence Awareness Month, a time when communities come together to shed light on the issue of domestic violence.

In observance, the 66th Medical Squadron’s Family Advocacy Program and Hanscom AFB Integrated Prevention and Resilience Office have partnered to collect essential items for local shelters.

“We hope this initiative will provide much needed support to those affected by domestic violence in the community,” said Maj. Kimberly Forsythe, 66 MDS Mental Health Flight officer.

Local shelters need various items, such as hygiene products, pillows, sheets, towels, baby care items, and toys.

“Your contributions can make a significant impact in helping individuals and families feel safe, comfort and hope during challenging times,” said Kristin Wright, Hanscom AFB’s violence prevention integrator.

According to organizers, to donate, individuals can drop off new or unused items in designated collection boxes located at the Commissary, the base Chapel and the Military and Family Readiness Center located in building 1240. Items may be donated through Oct. 22.

For those seeking more information about domestic violence and additional resources, refer to the Department of the Air Force Domestic Violence Guide, specifically pages 6 and 7.

Additionally, other resources are available to those in need of assistance and support: Hanscom AFB Family Advocacy can be reached at 781-225-6383; the 24/7 National Domestic Violence Hotline is available at 1-800-799-7233, and they offer text and chat options as well; and the Employee Assistance Program can help Air Force civilian employees find local shelters and other community resources in emergency situations.

For additional information on consultations, or resources available through the Hanscom AFB Family Advocacy Program, call 781-225-6385.