It happens in our community, too. October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and throughout the month, you can see a life-size representation of Mary Martha Diggs in the MCC lobby. By sharing her story, we hope to bring awareness to the important issue of domestic abuse/violence, which ruins many lives.
The GLBT community is not immune from domestic violence. Nobody is. Mary Martha Diggs was 74 years old when she was murdered by her alleged partner. It’s estimated that one in four same-sex relationships includes some form of domestic abuse. That’s the same rate that it occurs in heterosexual relationships.
This year, OutSmart Magazine is teaming up with Montrose Counseling Center in an effort to raise awareness through social networking. Please consider displaying this image on your Facebook, MySpace, LinkedIn, etc., link it to our Domestic Violence Program, and encourage your friends to do the same.
If you or someone you know needs assistance, please call Montrose Counseling Center at 713.529.0037 to speak to an advocate who will discuss your options and help you put together a safety plan when you’re ready to leave. You may qualify for a variety of services, including emergency shelter, hospital and police accompaniment, legal advocacy, case management, counseling, and support groups.