YWCA hosts Chalk It Up for domestic violence awareness

One in four women and one in seven men will experience domestic violence.

Posted: Oct 3, 2018 7:18 PM
Updated: Oct 4, 2018 6:49 AM

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT)- One in four women and one in seven men will experience domestic violence. Wednesday the YWCA used chalk to raise awareness on the square downtown. 

"So often people don't know that there are resources to help, so we want to encourage people that there are ways to get help, and domestic violence is something that's happening in our community," said Jennifer Rohlf with the YWCA. 

Rohlf said domestic violence takes many forms, including manipulation and verbal abuse. 

"It could be stalking, where that individual is harassing you, calling you all day long, demanding to know where you are and who you're with. Or, it could even be financial abuse, where they're controlling your financial resources," she said. 

When people pass by the chalk drawings, they often start questioning their own scenario. 

"Our hope is that these statements can help people start to question, 'Is what I'm going through okay, or do I maybe need to get some help?" she said. 

Rohlf said when people come to the YWCA they often have different needs. 

"Not everyone needs shelter. Some people just need someone to talk to and help them navigate the system. So, we also can provide that one on one support and it's all free, and completely confidential," she said. 

But the goal is to make sure everyone leaves with hope. 

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