Domestic violence is a serious problem not only across the country but here in Whitfield and Murray counties. All you have to do is look at the arrests we run each day in the newspaper or look through the dockets of the various courts for our judicial circuit to see how many incidents of domestic violence occur on a seemingly daily basis.
The human cost for victims, both adults and children, is staggering and heartbreaking. The need for services to deal with these troubling incidents and their aftermath is great,
Locally, the Northwest Georgia Family Crisis Center exists to provide a variety of services in Whitfield, Murray, and Gordon counties to victims of domestic violence. The center "offers a 24-hour hotline, emergency shelter and a comprehensive range of services to victims as they strive to create a violence-free home for both themselves and their children. Often these services, along with the support of family and friends, are instrumental in assisting these families as they embark on their journey toward peace and happiness," according to information provided by the center. "All services at the center are provided free of charge to families seeking safety."
Assisting the center in any way we can is certainly a noble endeavor. To that end, an inaugural ladies-only Little Black Dress event on Thursday at 6:30 p.m. at The Mill promises that assistance while also some fun times. The event will feature music, dancing, hors d'oeuvres, beverages and a diamond raffle. All proceeds will benefit the center. Organizers say the money raised "will help provide direct financial assistance such as housing and utility deposits to victims in need."
Tickets, which are limited, are $50 and will not be available at the door. You can order tickets at accelevents.com/e/littleblackdresseventdalton or by calling the center at (706) 278-6595.
There are plenty of worthy causes in our community, but combating domestic violence and comforting and safeguarding its victims have to be near the top. If you can, please support the Northwest Georgia Family Crisis Center by attending the Little Black Dress event and also throughout the year.