Domestic violence is pervasive in every community, and affects all people.
The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV) reports that in the United States, an average of 20 people are physically abused by intimate partners. Their data goes on to specify that 1 in 3 women and 1 in 4 men have been physically abused by an intimate partner in their lifetime.
Locally, the Good Samaritan of the Ozarks is at the head of providing resources to help and support domestic violence victims.
Forming the domestic violence support group came directly out of a need seen by the agency. In 2017, services were provided to 344 survivors of domestic and sexual violence in Pulaski County.
“We know there’s a need for it. We see the need,” Angie Bodie, Shelter Therapist of Good Samaritan of the Ozarks, said, “the support group is intended to aid individuals affected by domestic violence, heal from the trauma, and receive peer support, and education, as well as gain awareness to help prevent re-victimization.”
Bode assures that the support group is 100 percent confidential, in order to maintain the victims’ safety and security, while helping them to heal and transition.
 “They are not alone. We understand there can be a stigma about going to a support group but we want to validate their experience and give victims hope for the future,” said Bode.
Attempting to tackle the barriers that may keep victims from taking advantage of this new and very critical resource, support group meetings will take place weekly, for approximately one to one and half hours. Free childcare will be provided and meetings will be held weekday evenings.
For more information on the domestic violence support group and the Good Samaritan of the Ozarks, individuals are encouraged to contact (573) 774-4040 or visit online at www.goodsam-genesis.org.