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WCHS students give to women's shelter
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Warren County High School National Honor Society members must perform three service projects per year. They chose to honor Families in Crisis with a donation of household items as their first project of the school year.
Families in Crisis helps families and victims of domestic violence. Many times the victims need to move away from their abuser and have left everything behind. NHS’s donation of household items which included things like paper towels, toilet paper, laundry detergent, shampoo, toothpaste and toothbrushes will help families with limited income.
Families in Crisis representative Paula Wanamaker said, “We are very appreciative for this donation. This will help a lot of families in need. October is also Domestic Violence Awareness month so this comes at the perfect time to get the word out about domestic violence.”
According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence website, “Domestic violence is the willful intimidation, physical assault, battery, sexual assault, and/ or other abusive behavior perpetrated by an intimate partner against another. It is an epidemic affecting individuals in every community, regardless of age, economic status, race, religion, nationality or educational background. Violence against women is often accompanied by emotionally abusive and controlling behavior, and thus is part of a systematic pattern of dominance and control. Domestic violence results in physical injury, psychological trauma, and sometimes death. The consequences of domestic violence can cross generations and truly last a lifetime.”
The website also states:
 • One in every four women will experience domestic violence in her lifetime. 
 • An estimated 1.3 million women are victims of physical assault by an intimate partner each year.
 • 85 percent of domestic violence victims are women.
 • Historically, females have been most often victimized by someone they knew.
 • Females who are 20-24 years of age are at the greatest risk of nonfatal intimate partner violence.
• Most cases of domestic violence are never reported to the police.
 For more information about Families in Crisis, call 473-6221 or 473-9374.