This is domestic violence awareness month and Hope’s Door just held it’s first awareness event at the chapel on the Chelsea King’s Home Campus the evening of October 11, 2016. It was well attended with over 100 youth, women, and guests. Shelby County Judge Lara Alvis as well as Shelby County Sheriff’s Outreach Coordinator, Debra Sumrall were in attendance. The evening opened with an inspiring interpretive dance by several of our lady residents to the song, “Break Every Chain.” We heard personal stories as well as advice from several speakers such as Marilyn Detwiler, who spoke of how receiving wrong advice eventually put her young daughter into an abusive situation. Jessalyn Lantrip, RN with Shelby Baptist explained how medical personnel are trained to look for injuries that could be related to domestic violence incidents. The main focus of the evening was the presentation of The SAVE Project (serving abuse victims effectively) as Hope’s Door’s way to help churches train teams of lay counselors to respond effectively and sensitively to women who are in the crisis of abusive relationships. Every nine seconds a woman is abused. One in four women suffer abuse in their lifetime. Training a team of people who know what to look for, how to advise, and how to refer to resources is a must for every church as well as community organizations and businesses. Please refer to our web-site for more information: hopes-door.org.