NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — The YWCA Nashville and Middle Tennessee is counting on their annual benefit to be a success so they can keep offering services to domestic violence survivors at a time when help is really needed.
The money raised from the “Wine Women & Shoes” event goes towards their mission, programs, and services, like helping women experiencing domestic violence. This year's fundraiser, which starts today and goes until February 20, will be virtual with online shopping, auctions, and even the “Best in Shoe” contest.
In the United States, one in four women will be a victim of domestic violence in her lifetime.
During the pandemic, the YWCA said calls to their help hotline went up 27% from March 1 through December 31 in 2020. They also sheltered 397 women and children during that time.
The organization’s president and CEO Sharon Roberson said calls are still above normal now. She said people are calling for help or to get guidance about how to escape domestic violence.
“Don’t wait until it’s too late. That seems sort of dire to say but it’s a reality. You really need to live your best life. You need to live a life that you are not afraid. That you can be your own self... that you have dignity and respect, especially in your own household,” said Roberson.
If you are in danger, need to speak with an advocate, have general questions about domestic violence or a specific situation you would like to talk through, please call the YWCA’s 24-hour Crisis & Support Helpline at 1-800-334-4628 or TEXT 615-983-5170. You can also click here for more information.