Touchlink…….A Non-Governmental Organization for the Abused

Happy Monday TW readers, I hope you had a great weekend. Mine was very busy and tiring. I’m going to my Native Land this week so preparing for it has been very tiring. I’m looking forward to it though. I pray you have a glorious week ahead. Today I want to share with you an event I had the opportunity to attend last year December. The launching of a non-governmental organization (NGO) “TOUCHLINK”. Touchlink is an NGO whose mission is to provide support services to victims of domestic violence in need. It aims to create a community without violence, assault, abuse or battering through its mission and programs. The Founder and President of the NGO “Yewande Efodili” is a survivor of domestic violence. When I got to speak with her on her ordeal and what she and her daughter (who was just a toddler then) went through, I was overwhelmed with awe and inspired by her positive spirit the manner in which she is using her experience to benefit others. A woman who was victimized, battered and abused. She was able to overcome the hurt, pain and now dedicates herself to supporting people who have gone through the same ordeal or are  currently in the situation. Here is what she has to say about Touchlink…. Domestic violence can happen to anyone, regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, income, or other factors.

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Touchlink mission statement is to provide support services to victims of domestic violence in need, work with the women, men and children, help them break the cycle of domestic violence and poverty, through Touchlink’s intervention and crisis management program. It provides outreach programs to address the problems of domestic violence in the community, advocate for the victims legal, social services and other needs, provide direction, referral and support towards a better skill and lifestyle, provide counseling and workshops in developing positive productive attitudes, self-esteem, parenting skills and stress management, help develop tailored safety plans, provide assistance in finding transitional and permanent housing. How does Touchlink achieve its purpose? Touchlink provides support services to victims of domestic violence in need through its program portfolio by providing emotional, physical and directional support services. Counseling, healing and wellness program to help meet their emotional and Psychological needs; providing survival kit to meet their physical needs and linking them with shelters and other available resources. It helps advocate for the legal, social services needs of victims and provide support towards an improved lifestyle. Provide counseling and workshops in developing positive attitudes, self-esteem, parenting skills and stress management or coping skills.

WOMEN…..do you know that………….

  • One in 4 women will experience domestic violence during her lifetime?
  • Women experience more than 4 million physical assaults and rapes because of their partners, and men are victims of nearly 3 million physical assaultsW.
  • Women are more likely to be killed by an intimate partner than men
  • Women ages 20 to 24 are at greatest risk of becoming victims of domestic violence.
  • Every year, 1 in 3 women who is a victim of homicide is murdered by her current or former partner.

FAMILIES…..do you know that………….

  • Every year, more than 3 million children witness domestic violence in their homes.
  • Children who live in homes where there is domestic violence also suffer abuse or neglect at high rates (30% to 60%).
  • Domestic violence is most likely to occur between 6 pm and 6 am.
  • More than 60% of domestic violence incidents happen at home.
  • A 2005 Michigan study found that children exposed to domestic violence at home are more likely to have health problems, including becoming sick more often, having frequent headaches or stomachaches, and being more tired and lethargic.
  • A 2005 Michigan study found that children exposed to domestic violence at home are more likely to have health problems, including becoming sick more often, having frequent headaches or stomachaches, and being more tired and lethargic.
  • A 2003 study found that children are more likely to intervene when they witness severe violence against a parent – which can place a child at great risk for injury or even death.

The Circumstances

  • Domestic violence is most likely to occur between 6 pm and 6 am.
  • More than 60% of domestic violence incidents happen at home.

Touchlink has a monthly support program and workshop for the victims 3rd Tuesday of every month at the Woodbridge Public Library, 1 Main Street, Woodbridge, NJ. If you or someone you love is a victim of domestic violence, please call or have them call Touchlink @ 866-682-4626. Or visit their website @ www.touchlink.org or email them @ info@touchlink.org. Take Home: Life has a way of throwing lime at you, we need to learn to turn life’s lime into lemonade. This is what Yewande did. With support from family and friends, she is using her experience to benefit others that might be in similar situation. Thanks for stopping by, until I write again on this page………..Cha-cha…..

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2 thoughts on “Touchlink…….A Non-Governmental Organization for the Abused

  1. Does touch link have any net works in nigeria or at least organise seminars or workshops here?
    I believe this is a topic that needs a lot of awareness.