Woodmore High School’s health class listened to a special guest, Sara Godfrey, a domestic violence advocate, in early May.
Godfrey discussed and showed the different signs and different types of abuse that occurs in relationships, whether through dating or family life.
Godfrey started off her discussion by telling her story and how she survived and escaped an abusive relationship. After leaving an abusive relationship, Godfrey decided to become an activist for domestic violence.
|Sara Godfrey initiated role playing with freshman Hana Zollinger
and Emma LaMunyon. (Window to Woodmore photo by Jessica
She is currently working for an organization called Safe Harbour, which is a domestic violence shelter. Individuals at the shelter help rescue and provide a safe place for victims.
For two days, Godfrey had the students role play to show the different types of abuse. These helped demonstrate the main different forms of abuse. The most common and dangerous forms Godfrey discussed were physical, mental, social and verbal.
Godfrey also discussed the warning signs of an abusive relationship. She talked about the 15 main warning signs, which include being blamed whenever something goes wrong in a relationship, being limited to do only what a partner wants and needing a partner’s permission to do things.
Safe Harbour’s mission is to provide families with an alternative to family violence. They offer safety, encouragement and support. Safe Harbour provides shelter, counseling, advocacy, support groups and community awareness education.
For more information about domestic violence and Safe Harbour go to http://safeharbourshelter.org/
(Reprinted from the May edition of Window to Woodmore, a student publication, with permission.)