YWCA’s Erika Yingling says “See Something – Do Something”
Video by Madison Schmidt
October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month and the YWCA Greater Cincinnati, TriHealth and the Cincinnati Bengals are teaming up to launch a bystander intervention campaign: “See Something – Do Something.”
Public service announcements featuring Bengals linebacker Vincent Rey and Bengals broadcaster Dave Lapham have been produced and shared with local media to air.
The Bengals home game on Sunday, Oct. 7 against the Miami Dolphins will focus on domestic violence awareness and prevention. Fans will see the PSA on the videoboard and on televisions located throughout Paul Brown Stadium. Posters featuring signs of domestic violence will be hung in restroom stalls with a message to call the YWCA Hotline at (513) 872-9259if someone you know is experiencing domestic violence. The YWCA of Greater Cincinnati can offer an array of services to support the entire family from shelter housing and legal aid.
According to YWCA Greater Cincinnati President/CEO Barbara Perez, "This education and awareness campaign is so very important for our community since most people don't know that 1 in 3 women will experience intimate partner violence in their lifetime, and 1 in 5 men. And domestic violence is pervasive. It affects people from every socioeconomic range. We are working together to teach our community what each one of us can do about it."
“We are proud to partner with YWCA Greater Cincinnati and TriHealth on this important campaign,” said Bengals executive vice president Katie Blackburn. “The entire community needs to do our part to ensure that no one in any family is hurt by domestic violence.”