New program to help domestic violence victims

'Breaking the Cycle' to be offered at Glynn Community Crisis Center

BRUNSWICK, Ga. - The Glynn Community Crisis Center will debut a new program this month to help domestic violence victims. 

The education, advocacy and support series, called "Breaking the Cycle," was developed through collaboration between a local therapist, Janel Holland, LCSW, and the Glynn Community Crisis Center. The eight-week series of group sessions on Tuesday evenings from 5:30 to 7 p.m. are designed to build a support system for victims and offer advice on building a life free from abuse.

The service is confidential and free of charge. An open house will be held on Friday, July 15, from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Roosevelt Lawrence Center, located at 1109 H St. in Brunswick, to introduce the workshops and offer the opportunity to register for the program. 

Holland said they hope to reach domestic violence victims who have not received help in the past or who have not been successful in earlier attempts to break free from abuse.

Janel Holland

“We want to work with victims who might not need or want to shelter away from their homes,” Holland said. “When individuals experience an event that requires a stay in a shelter, they can feel as if their lives have been pulled out from under them. The change is quite drastic, and it requires them to recreate their lives in a very short period of time. This is one of the reasons people stay in abusive situations. Our series offers a longer period of support, which can make the change more bearable.”

According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, one in three adult women and one in four men have been victims of some sort of physical violence by an intimate partner during their lifetime. 

For more information, call the Glynn Community Crisis Center at 912-264-1348.

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