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      October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month

      Domestic abuse is the cause of death for 46 people so far this year in Georgia, and the local domestic violence crisis line receives an average of 150 calls a month. That TMs up from last year, letting advocates know that domestic violence is a growing problem in southwest Georgia.

      Silka Deeley, Executive Director of the Liberty House says its important to shine a light on the issue. "The reason that for domestic violence awareness month is to provide education and also to honor survivors and to mourn those who have died as a result of domestic violence" says Deeley.

      Outreach professionals say that a predisposition for abuse mixed with financial stress means the economy is partly to blame for the rash of new cases.

      Domestic violence doesn TMt only affect the person who TMs being abused and the abuser. It also has consequences involved with the children involved in the situation.

      Amy Boney with the Lily Pad Center says children suffer in many different ways. "Children not only suffer anxiety, they get post traumatic stress disorder, depression, and there TMs a lot of fear that these children live with" says Boney.

      Liberty House has suggestions for anyone you may know suffering from domestic violence.

      1 - Offer to listen

      2 - Give contact information for programs to help victims

      3 - Don't get directly involved because that could make the situation worse

      Upcoming events for domestic violence awareness:

      -October 3, 2009: Butterfly release at Ray Charles Plaza. 10:30 a.m-11:30 a.m.

      -October 7, 2009: Safety planning for child victims of domestic violence and stalking. Darton College, room B101, 1-3 p.m.

      -October 14, 2009: Safety planning for adult victims of domestic violence and stalking. Darton College, theater j-building, 1-3 p.m.

      -October 29, 2009: Candlelight vigil/Silent witness walk. Veteran's Park Amphitheater. 7-8:30 p.m.