October Named Domestic Violence Awareness Month

October has been named Domestic Violence Awareness Month, according to the staff at the Piney Woods Safe House, and the Texas Council of Family Violence.

Newton County Judge Paul Price and Newton’s Mayor Mark Bean are shown with representative, Pepper Peveto.  Peveto is an employee for Piney Woods Safe House.  October was officially declared Domestic Violence Awareness Month in Newton County.

The Piney Woods Safe House is the area shelter for women and children who are victims of domestic violence.  The safe house serves Jasper, Newton, and Tyler counties.   However, any time someone calls our 24 hour hotline we try to help no matter the location.  Piney Woods Safe House is a non-profit organization and is operated solely on grants that are competed for and donations from the communities we serve.  The shelter is operated with the service of three employees:  Pepper Peveto, Robyn Hughes, and Wanda Whitcomb.  We also rely on the service of volunteers and are always looking for more volunteers.

For Domestic Violence Awareness Month, Piney Woods Safe House, in conjunction with many of our supporters are hosting a Purple Rally – A Day of Unity Against Domestic Violence. The Purple Rally will be held October 6, 2018 at Sandy Creek Park in Jasper from 12 until 6:30 p.m.  There will be live music, food, face painting, raffles, silent auction, Biker’s Against Child Abuse, dunking booth, a “men in uniform” bachelor auction, featuring local law enforcement, and the day will end with a candlelight vigil to honor the victims.

If you or someone you know needs help, call 409-384-1225 or the national hotline at 1-800-799-SAFE (7233).

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