As in previous years, the series of events is designed to raise awareness about intimate partner violence, educate about available programs and services, as well as involve the community in helping to prevent abuse before it begins, protect victims and prevail over violence in our homes, neighborhoods and community.
Educating with Emery Boards, Saturday, October 2, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Volunteers will hand out Shelter emery boards at ten Publix locations in Collier County in an effort to raise awareness about National Domestic Violence Awareness Month and The Shelter’s life-transforming programs and services.
Youth Symposium, Saturday, October 9, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Co-sponsored by Hodges University and The Shelter’s Youth Advisory Council, this event features Danielle Joy Linheart presenting information about dating violence and healthy relationships.
Immokalee Linguistics Community Meeting, Monday, October 11, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Held in Immokalee, this event features a panel of speakers discussing services that are available for children and domestic violence victims within the community.
Women of Color Caucus Meeting, Friday, October 15
Held at The Shelter’s Naples Office, The Florida Coalition Against Domestic Violence Women of Color Caucus will meet to discuss issues and identify critical needs across the state of Florida.
Haitian Symposium, Saturday, October 16, 8 a.m. Registration, 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Program
Hosted and sponsored by First Baptist Church Naples, this event is designed to provide Haitian pastors and members of the community with the opportunity to learn more about domestic violence and healthy relationships. Presentations by The Shelter and keynote speaker Dr. Gaston will be given. An Agency Fair will provide guests information about services available for victims in our community.
NAACP Freedom Fund Banquet, Saturday, October 16, 6 p.m. to 11 p.m.
The Shelter’s Director of Programs, Lisa Reddick, will emcee this special event and provide a domestic violence awareness overview to those in attendance.
Presentation to the Dental Association of Collier County, Thursday, October 21, 6 p.m.
A Shelter Advocate will present “Domestic Violence in the Workplace” and provide those in attendance information on local services available for victims of domestic violence.
Strut Your Mutt, Saturday, October 23, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Germain BMW, Naples.
The Shelter is partnering with the Humane Society Naples for this annual Pet Halloween Costume Contest complete with prizes for winners, local vendors and adoptable pets! Beyond helping our four-footed friends, the event raises awareness about the fact that animal cruelty is domestic violence.
Immokalee Children’s Fair, Vigil and Peace March, Tuesday, October 26, 3 p.m. Fair, 6 p.m.
Join The Shelter’s Immokalee Outreach Office for an afternoon of awareness and fun! The day begins with a Children’s Fair complete with games and refreshments, as well as booths by local service agencies. At 6 p.m., the community joins Shelter staff and volunteers for a police-escorted Peace March/March on Main Street complete with a Vigil commemorating those lost to domestic violence, honoring victims and survivors and advocating for peace in our homes.
InVEST Legal Symposium, Thursday, October 28, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Attorneys, law enforcement, judiciary, advocates, court personnel and other legal service providers will delve into the issue of batterer accountability as The Shelter’s InVEST Advocate provides ideas, insight and training to community partners in an effort to send a clear message to abusers – Collier County is a violence-free community!
Immokalee Health Fair, Saturday, October 30, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
During this community event, the Shelter’s Immokalee Outreach staff will provide a presentation on intimate partner violence and the impact of abuse on one’s health
To Prevent. To Protect. To Prevail. The Shelter for Abused Women & Children. For more information on The Shelter and on The Shelter’s National Domestic Violence Awareness Month Campaign, please call 239.775.3862 or visit www.naplesshelter.org
The Shelter for Abused Women & Children, Collier County’s certified domestic violence center, has served more than 57,000 individuals since 1989, providing programs and services designed to prevent domestic violence before it begins; advocating for societal changes to end domestic violence in our community; and meeting the immediate and long-term needs of victims and survivors. The nonprofit organization is included in a list of the 14 top-rated domestic violence centers across the United States by America’s premier independent charity evaluator, Charity Navigator.
If you or someone you love is in an abusive relationship, please call The Shelter’s confidential 24-hour crisis line: 239.775.1101