Bank Workers wearing Jeans to show support of ending domestic violence (309) DomesticViolenceMonth

LACONIA — Local banks have partnered with New Beginnings to raise awareness of the damaging effects Domestic Violence has on families and children.

This Friday, October 4, Meredith Village Savings Bank and The Bank of NH will be allowing employees who have made a donation to New Beginnings to to wear jeans. They are also encouraged to wear purple and purple ribbons will be available in bank lobbies to all who wish to wear one to show their support towards ending violence.

Employees making a donation to New Beginnings will be encouraged to wear purple and will be allowed to wear jeans on October 4th. Purple ribbons will be available in bank lobbies to all who wish to wear one to show their support towards ending violence.The month of October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. All ages, races, socioeconomic, educational, religious, and occupational segments of our society are affected by domestic violence.

New Beginnings-Without Violence and Abuse offers many services to victims of domestic violence. These include: a 24-hour crisis line, emergency sheltering, 24-hour accompaniment (to the hospital and police departments), court advocacy, support groups and on-going one to one support.

In 2012, the state of NH crisis centers served 9,144 primary victims of domestic violence. Throughout the state shelter was provided to 225 survivors. In addition to direct services to victims, New Beginnings provides education and outreach opportunities to local community members; in 2012 approximately 3,812 people participated in these events.

Support, advocacy, and crisis intervention is provided 24-hours a day, and services are always free and confidential. New Beginnings does not discriminate based on gender, age, health status (including HIV-positive), physical, mental or emotional ability, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, socio-economic class, race, national origin, immigration status, or religious or political affiliation.

To speak with a trained advocate, call: 1-866-644-3574. For general information about New Beginnings, its programs and services, and ways to become involved, call (603) 528-6511.