What is domestic violence?
Domestic violence is the willful intimidation, physical assault, battery, sexual assault, and/or other
abusive behavior as part of a systematic pattern of power and control perpetrated by one intimate
partner against another. It includes physical violence, sexual violence, threats, economic, and
emotional/psychological abuse. The frequency and severity of domestic violence varies dramatically.
October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month
I in 3 women will experience intimate partner abuse, 1 in 10 men. The sad reality is that most people are aware of domestic violence, but no one wants to acknowledge it. People make excuses…’he/she stays, so he/she must except it or want it’, or ‘it’s her/his fault that the abuser got mad and beat them’, ‘women are just too emotional/crazy, probably deserved it’ ‘men are supposed to be in charge’, ‘he’s just a wuss’…. And so forth. Excuses. 1 in 2 female homicides are by an intimate partner…….. Think about that… if 1 in 2 female heart attacks were caused by lollipops, as a country, we would wage a war against lollipops. But for domestic violence, we look away until it knocks on our door, until it takes our sons and our daughters…
Victims of domestic violence often do not have a way out. They are physically and psychologically threatened that if they leave, they will pay with their life, the lives of their children, with their livelihood, or with whatever the abuser can use to manipulate and control them. If you have never been in this position, you have no idea the level of fear and loss of control that you experience at the hands of the abuser. The psychological scars that the abusers leave, stay much longer after the bruises fade.
The purpose of this scholarship is to help students whose lives have been impacted by domestic violence to work towards obtaining an education in the health care field that will offer them the opportunity for professional development and personal growth.
To apply for the program, a student must be a survivor of domestic violence as documented by a letter from a counselor (please attach documentation to the application)
All applications must be submitted October 31, 2020. Two scholarships will be awarded for each location- Jacksonville & Wilmington. The scholarship award recipients will be notified by November 26, 2020.**
**The scholarship award recipients may use the scholarship towards any class(es) until the full amount is used during the 2021 calendar year. The scholarship is non-transferable and has no cash value.