CHARLESTOWN – October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. In recognition of this, the public is invited to join Treva Hodges and special guests at a domestic violence awareness donation drive and reception on Tuesday, October 1, starting at 6:30pm. The drive will be held at Franklin Farms Event Venue, located at 7520 Oscar Long Road outside Charlestown, Indiana.
This event will serve as a collection drive for the Center for Women and Families, an agency which serves as Kentuckiana’s rape crisis and domestic violence center. The Center has three locations in Kentucky (Louisville, Shelbyville, and Shepherdsville) and one in Indiana (New Albany). Requested items include unopened diapers, women’s clothing, dishware, toiletries, and/or grocery/department store gift cards.
In addition to serving as a donation drive, the event will feature several notable guest speakers. Robin G. will provide a spoken word performance. Teah Williams-Hampton and Dr. Rita Fleming are two leading voices against domestic violence in southern Indiana who will share from their experiences as healthcare practitioners. Finally, Treva Hodges will confront slander she has faced in her mayoral campaign, share her own experience as a victim of domestic violence, and announce specific policy proposals to combat domestic violence in the community.
If you can’t make it to Tuesday’s event but still want to support victims of domestic violence, donations of needed items can be dropped off at Treva Hodges’ campaign office (904 Main Street in Charlestown) on weekdays from 9am-12pm, or find an alternate time by calling (812) 896-5647. All items will be given to Center volunteers at the end of October.
About the speakers:
Robin G. is a writer, poet, and spoken word artist who was born, raised, and lives in Louisville. Outside of her poetry, she works in healthcare.
Teah Williams-Hampton, LCSW, is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who has provided mental health treatment in our community for over 10 years. She specializes in creating safe spaces for healing from trauma, adjusting to life transitions, and recovering from chronic and acute mental health disorders. Teah currently has a private practice at Heart 2 Heart Wellness Center in New Albany, Indiana.
Dr. Rita Fleming is a member of the Indiana House of Representatives, having been elected to serve House District 71 in November 2018. She serves on the House Public Health Committee. Before entering politics, she served as a registered nurse, nurse practitioner, and an OB/GYN. She has an M.D. from the University of Louisville.
Dr. Treva Hodges recently earned her Ph.D from the University of Louisville and has more than a decade of experience has an educator. She is running for Mayor of Charlestown.