By Outer Banks Voice on October 11, 2021
October is a busy time of year for Outer Banks Hotline. This month focuses on raising awareness for both Domestic Violence Awareness Month as well as Bullying Awareness Month. These two issues are both rooted in similar origins; having power and control over another person. Both domestic violence and bullying are a problem in Dare County. In fact, in the state of North Carolina, domestic violence accounts for 15% of all violent crime. Also, 71% of youth reported witnessing bullying in the school setting and 15% of youth report being cyberbullied.
This month, Outer Banks Hotline is participating in several activities to raise awareness on these community issues. For Domestic Violence Awareness Month, our agency will have several community displays. These displays will be at the Dare County Health Department, the Community Care Clinic of Dare and the Manteo Post Office. There will also be purple ribbons at our thrift stores for customers to wear. The Helping Hands Fundraiser is also taking place at each of our thrift stores. All funds donated for the Helping Hands Fundraiser will go directly to support the Safe House.
Our agency will be working with local schools to raise awareness and educate youth on bullying. Students will have the opportunity to visit an information table to learn about how bullying impacts youth and what youth can do to put an end to bullying. Students will also have the opportunity to participate in a bullying awareness poster contest.
If you would like to support Outer Banks Hotline’s advocacy and work in the community, please consider volunteering your time at one of our thrift stores or with our crisis line. Please visit our website at OBHotline.org or call our office: 252-473-5121 (8:00am – 4:00pm). Crisis Line: 252-473-3366 (answered 24/7).
Outer Banks Hotline‘s mission is to promote a safe and compassionate community. We are a private, non-profit human services organization that provides crisis intervention, safe house, information and referrals, advocacy, and prevention education services to residents of and visitors to the Outer Banks.
An essential part of the Outer Banks community for more than three decades, we work daily with individuals, organizations, and local agencies.
Use our website to learn more about us, our services and programs, to volunteer, donate, or to contact us for additional information.