We will perform Five Kinds of Silence, by Shelagh Stephenson, on October 2, 3 and 4. All proceeds will go to Promise Place, a local agency that works to prevent domestic violence and provides shelter for victims of domestic violence. In addition, a Promise Place staff member will make a presentation after each show. Please join us for a powerful and thought-provoking evening – and help us support the wonderful and necessary work Promise Place does.
Five Kinds of Silence deals with domestic abuse and the lasting effects it can have. This show may be disturbing to younger audience members.
Reasons to Pay Attention to Domestic Abuse:
- One in every four women will experience domestic violence in her lifetime.
- An estimated 1.3 million women are victims of physical assault by an intimate partner each year.
- 30% to 60% of perpetrators of intimate partner violence also abuse children in the household.
- In 2013, 116 Georgia citizens lost their lives due to domestic violence.
- In 2012, 7,750 victims and their children were provided refuge in a Georgia domestic violence shelter.
- Eighty one percent of parents believe teen dating violence is not an issue or admit they don’t know if it’s an issue.
- Nearly 1.5 million high school students nationwide experience physical abuse from a dating partner in a single year.
- One in three adolescents in the U.S. is a victim of physical, sexual, emotional or verbal abuse from a dating partner, a figure that far exceeds rates of other types of youth violence.
- One quarter of high school girls have been victims of physical or sexual abuse.
- One in 10 high school students has been purposefully hit, slapped or physically hurt by a boyfriend or girlfriend.
- Girls and young women between the ages of 16 and 24 experience the highest rate of intimate partner violence — almost triple the national average.
- Eight states currently do not include dating relationships in their definition of domestic violence. As a result, young victims of dating abuse often cannot apply for restraining orders
- Only 33% of teens who were in a violent relationship ever told anyone about the abuse.