BEND, OR -- Domestic Violence Awareness Month comes on the heels of several high-profile domestic abuse cases. But Lauren Biskind with Saving Grace says t's something that can happen to anyone, including many in Central Oregon. She says victims may be surprised when things get out of control, but there are warning signs, "It's something that evolves. It's often kept behind closed doors, there's often a lot of emotional abuse, there can be financial abuse. There's a lot that goes to it. We hear that a lot on the hotline, people might call and say 'well, he never hit me.'"
Biskind says nationwide, one in three women will be Affected by Domestic violence. Saving Grace serves the tri-county area and can offer help and advice to not only victims, but also friends and family who may want to help. "Over 80% of the people who are going through this, the first person they're going to turn to is a family memeber or friend and ask 'what should I do, where can I go?'" Biskind adds, "We want those pepole to know Saving Grace is here in this community, so if someone does come to you, you know where to refer them." She says there is no harm in asking for advice if you're concerned someone you know is in an abusive relationship, "At any point, if you're feeling in doubt, it's a good idea to call. We have a 24-hour hotline. It's a great way to connect with one of our advocates and just talk through your situation." Biskind says Saving Grace's first priority is safety, followed by healing and eventually moving on.
Their services are free and confidential. Those needing help can call Saving Grace's 24-hour helpline at 541-389-7021.