October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

With that in mind, 98.7 WFGR has named Safe Haven Ministries, of Grand Rapids, as its Wee Difference charity for the month of October.

Since 1990, Safe Haven has been helping women and children find freedom from domestic violence.

In Michigan, one in three women will experience some form of domestic abuse in their lifetime.

About 15.5 million U.S. children live in families in which partner violence occurred at least once in the past year, and seven million children live in families in which severe partner violence occurred.

In addition to offering an emergency shelter for those in immediate need, Safe Haven offers support groups, case management, and prevention and educational programs for the community.

Safe Haven offers speakers if you're interested in having someone talk to your group during Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

Safe Haven has many needs for their shelter, and you can help them supply those, by donating items off their wish list. They also accept cash donations. 

For Domestic Violence Awareness Month, Safe Haven will be presenting "A Journey In Their Shoes," an event designed to help participants begin to understand the issues and understand the barriers many women face in seeking help. The event is at Rockford Construction Company, 601 1st Street NW in Grand Rapids, at 6:30 p.m. Oct 29.

Safe Haven offers a 24-hour hotline for those who need help at (616) 452-6664.

You can also get help via its website, which offers a questionnaire about domestic violence, if you're not sure where you stand in your relationship.

You can follow Safe Haven on Twitter and Facebook.

Leslie Brians/U.S. Army
Leslie Brians/U.S. Army



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