Painting party fundraiser Oct. 14

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Helping Services for Youth & Families’ Domestic Abuse Resource Center (DARC) is recognizing Domestic Violence Awareness during the month of October. In Iowa and around the world, October is a month to create awareness around domestic violence, using the color purple to symbolize the cause.  
On Thursday, Oct. 14, from 6 to 8:30 p.m., Pivo Brewery & Blepta Studios of Calmar is hosting a painting party benefitting the Domestic Abuse Resource Center. Space is limited. To reserve a spot, visit or call 563-562-1053.
Helping Services’ DARC team is grateful for the strong partnerships with local law enforcement throughout the year who respond to domestic violence situations and support survivors. Throughout the month of October, you will notice law enforcement vehicles will have an additional purple ribbon on their vehicles to help promote awareness. 
Last year, the Helping Services’ DARC team of advocates and volunteers assisted over 2000 individual survivors of domestic abuse in its service area including Allamakee, Bremer, Chickasaw, Clayton, Fayette, Howard and Winneshiek counties. Staff and volunteers answered 1,367 calls on our Resource Line and provided 61 transportation trips for clients.  For more info about Helping Services’ DARC please call 800-383-2988 or visit to access our chat option with an advocate.

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