It’s back! We’re extremely excited to be running our 5th annual Holiday Drive. For many of us, the holidays can be a time of joy and celebration. But for victims of domestic violence, a helping hand can be a lifeline. For every gift certificate we sell between now and December 25th, Vital Touch Wellness will be donating 5 percent of sales and 5 minutes of massage to the Domestic Violence Center of Chester County (DVCCC). Last year we raised over $800, six bins of much-needed supplies, and over 12 hours of massage for the hardworking staff of this amazing local organization.
The work that the DVCCC does for our community is tremendously important. According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, one in three women and one in four men have experienced some form of physical violence by an intimate partner. On average, nearly 20 people per minute are physically abused by a partner in the U.S.
The physical and emotional effects of trauma can last a lifetime. Domestic victimization is correlated with higher rates of depression, suicide and chronic illness, and between 21 and 60 percent of victims of intimate partner violence lose their jobs due to reasons stemming from the abuse. For these reasons and more, this tragedy that happens behind closed doors has effects on the entire community.
The DVCCC is doing the essential work of supporting victims of abuse and also proactively runs programs to educate Chester County residents about the symptoms and effects of partner abuse. Their services include a 24-hour emergency hotline, adult counseling, legal services, children’s services, educational programming, housing, and connections to area resources. All of these services are provided for free. In fact, the DVCCC is the only state-recognized agency in Chester County that provides free, comprehensive counseling and legal options to clients. Local victims and their children receive the support and protection they need so that they can heal and become independent.
“The DVCCC is an amazing organization,” says Vital Touch Wellness owner, Jen McLamb. For the last two years, Vital Touch Wellness has been giving chair massages to the staff and volunteers there. Jen was so moved by the work they do that she wanted to do more for the people that they serve. “One thing that especially impresses me about the DVCCC is their dedication to outreach and education,” Jen explains. “Domestic violence and child abuse is something a lot of people don’t want to talk about. But it’s happening much more than we realize, and that’s devastating. The more people learn about this problem, the more that can be done to stop it.” Increasing awareness, Jen says, is another big part of the 5-5 Holiday Drive. “Because another important fact I learned from the DVCCC is that the effects of domestic violence reach far beyond the home. It impacts our schools, businesses and our whole community.”
To help this amazing and essential local organization, we’re contributing 5 percent of all gift certificate sales to the DVCCC.
We’ll also be donating chair massage to their compassionate and hardworking staff, at 5 minutes for each gift certificate sold. You can purchase a gift certificate by calling us at 484.341.8411 or buy them online.
You can also contribute to the DVCCC directly by visiting www.dvccc.com.
For more information about the 5-5 Holiday Drive, call our office at 484.341.8411.