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AWAIC Newsletter: Happy Mother's Day


Happy Mother's Day to the mothers in our community and in our lives. We all have our own definition of what a mother is and what she means to us. To many, a mother is nurturing and loving. She offers unconditional love without judgement. She does the hard work of raising a child. 

There are mothers that are here in our shelter and utilizing AWAIC's services to make a better life for their children. It takes great strength to take these steps and we honor you.


Happy Mother's Day!


Anchorage Industry Visitor Charity Walk

May 10th, 2013

Graze To Raise: 
5k Walk for Charity
May 10th at 6pm
Downtown Anchorage
Deni'na Center
 Join us in the Annual Graze to Raise Charity Walk. This family-fun event starts at the Dena'ina Center and guides you around downtown to sample specialty foods from local restaurants. Then head back to Dena'ina for live music, children's activities, carnival games, a beer & wine garden and dessert. There are also some awesome door prizes.
Sign up here and choose Team TOTE for AWAIC. The funds go to AWAIC and help sustain our programs and shelter. 
Thank you to TOTE for sponsoring our team!
Contact Jackie Nelson with questions: 
office: 907.743.5727
cell: 206.407.7892

AWAIC's Poster Campaign
Warning Signs

The Community Education Department continues this year to explore new ways we can engage the Anchorage community and make our message more accessible. Rethinking the way we prevent domestic violence is something the movement as a whole is ripe for right now, and something we're thinking hard about at AWAIC. When the number of victims stays steady in our community we have to ask: what could we be doing better? We have to try something new.

In this effort we've gotten creative with a new poster campaign (see below). Old outreach was defined by the scary poster full of black eyes and shock value. The intended message was: domestic violence is serious, it's ugly, and it's something we all need to be aware of in order to stop it. These are fundamental truths...but what if the unintended message was: this is what domestic violence looks like, if you're not experiencing this picture; you're not the person this poster was intended to help. What if it alienated the bystander, or simply left them with no idea of what they could do to prevent it?

Our new idea is to start with the early warning signs. Start by asking a question. Provoke thought and reflection. Validate the experience of abuse that doesn't fit the narrowest definitions. Help teenagers and young people catch a situation before it gets worse. We appreciate feedback and welcome suggestions, so please be encouraged to send them our way!

Leslie Cohen

Prevention VISTA at AWAIC





Mental Illness Awareness Month

Mental illness affects 1 in 4 or nearly

60 million Americans every year.

May is Mental Health Awareness Month, a time to discuss mental health and to work to end the shame and stigma that often comes with these illnesses.

When people think about mental illness in relation to domestic violence, it's generally believed that individuals living with mental illnesses are the ones committing the acts of violence. However, the connection more commonly runs the other way, with large percentages of those who suffer from mental illnesses becoming, or having been, the victims of domestic violence.

Mental health issues can arise as a result of intimate partner violence. 

On average, more than half of women seen in mental health settings are being or have been abused by an intimate partner. Recent studies of women who experienced abuse found that up to 84% suffered from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, 77% suffered from depression, and 75% suffered from anxiety.

Domestic violence victims with mental health issues also face many barriers, such as discrimination and stigmatization by the police, the legal system, health facilities and more.

Join us in taking time this month to educate yourself about mental illness and the stigma that often accompanies it. It is our hope that changing attitudes surrounding mental illness will allow those that suffer to be able to get the help and support they deserve.

 Read more here.

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