Autonomy means having the ability and freedom to act in your own best interests. An autonomous person has the opportunity to improve their circumstances by making different choices today than they made yesterday. Many of us consider personal autonomy to be an inalienable human right. Sadly, some people have this right stripped from them because of violence they experience at the hands of someone they love.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly 1 in 4 women in the United States have experienced some sort of violence by a spouse or boyfriend. This inexcusable tragedy cuts across all areas of age, race, income and education and leaves indelible marks on everyone it affects.
New Beginnings is a Seattle-based organization dedicated to providing shelter, advocacy and support for battered women and their children; and to changing attitudes and social institutions that foster and perpetuate violence.
Autonomy is one of Seattle Metropolitan Credit Union’s guiding principles, so SMCU is proud to be a major sponsor of New Beginnings’ “It’s Everyone’s Business to Stop Domestic Violence” Lunch on Tuesday, October 19, 2010 at the Downtown Nordstrom Store. At the 2009 lunch, New Beginnings was able to raise more than $120,000 toward programs and services.
If you or someone you know has been affected by domestic violence or you are interested in learning what you can do to help put a stop to this blight on our community, please make plans to attend. Tickets are complimentary, but reservations are required. Contact New Beginnings at firstname.lastname@example.org for reservations or more details.
Everyone deserves to choose their own road. Seattle Metropolitan Credit Union is excited to help New Beginnings create this reality.
New Beginnings Help Line: 206.522.9472
New Beginnings online: http://newbegin.org/
King County Coalition Against Domestic Violence: http://www.kccadv.org
Family Violence Prevention Fund: http://www.endabuse.org/