ANCHORAGE (KTUU) One in two women in Alaska have experienced intimate partner violence, sexual violence or both, according to Southcentral Foundation.
Polly Andrews, a Family Wellness Warriors Initiative advocate at Southcentral Foundation said in an effort to take a stand against domestic violence, child abuse and neglect, the foundation is hosting events all month to raise awareness.
"That's why we're coming together to say 'hey our voice is important, us being able to come together and stand up for our community and family matters your voice matters your story matter and it takes all of us to end domestic violence today," Andrews said.
Southcentral Foundation held a kickoff event Tuesday at the Anchorage Native Primary Care Center for Domestic Violence Awareness Month.
Community members could add their hand print to a tree mural, showing their commitment to standing up against domestic violence.
President and CEO of Southcentral Foundation, Dr. Katherine Gottlieb, said the organization started a Family Wellness Warriors Initiative to break the silence surrounding domestic violence, child neglect and abuse.
"We need people to join in doing anything that they can within the realms of their area and to help to break silence to encourage those who have been harmed to go through conferences and get counseling, to help those who may be potential for harming, or are in a harming situation," Dr. Gottlieb said.
Every Friday in October, various organizations and agencies will hold booths starting at 10 a.m. at the primary care center and feature a different presenter at noon.
This Friday, Anchorage Police Department will be hosting a situational awareness training event.