Gather the family for an afternoon of free entertainment, games and education. Citizen Potawatomi Nation will host a family fun day Oct. 26 from 1-4 p.m. at the Citizen Potawatomi Nation Festival Grounds inside the north and south reunion halls.
“We are excited to provide a fun afternoon for children and families in our community,” said Amanda Chapman, Child Abuse & Domestic Violence Prevention Coordinator, Citizen Potawatomi Nation. “Families are encouraged to come and enjoy the free food, activities and learn about the services CPN offers.”
Activities will include sports activities, arts and crafts, face painting, an inflatable ball pit and entertainment from Sillysocks the Clown. Citizen Potawatomi Nation tribal police will also be creating digital ID kits for children.
“Family Fun Day is a day that provides free fun for the entire family, we provide free food, games, inflatables, and service providers in the community and surrounding areas set up booths with information and free goodies, this helps keep the community informed about services in the area,” added Chapman.
FireLodge Children & Family Services is hosting the family fun day to raise awareness about domestic violence. One in four women and one in nine men will be a domestic violence victim in their lifetime. On average, 24 people per minute are victims of domestic violence according to the CDC.
Domestic violence occurs when one person in an intimate relationship tries to dominate and control the other person. Abuse can occur many different ways such as physical assault, verbal abuse, emotional abuse, financial abuse, and sexual assault. Domestic Violence does not discriminate it can happen regardless of race, gender, age, sexual orientation, and economic status.
Recognizing that you are in an unhealthy relationship is the first step to getting help. Talk with a trusted friend or relative. Find out about local organizations that offer services to victims of domestic violence, shelter and advocates available to assist you with your needs. Take photos of your injuries and document why and when the incident occurred. Keep money, important papers, clothing, car keys, medications and important items in a safe place, so if you have the opportunity to flee at moment’s notice these items are ready to go. If you have children talk to them about a safety plan and how to call 911 for help. Contact your local law enforcement agency for a list of Domestic Violence agencies in your area or The National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1−800−799−SAFE (7233)
“Most importantly, remember no one deserves the right to be abused,” added Chapman. “You deserve to be treated with respect. You cannot change your abusive partner’s behavior. Over time, the abuse will only escalate and become more dangerous or even deadly. Seek help, and remember you are NOT alone.”
For more information about family fun day, please call Amanda Chapman at (405)275-3176 or email at Amanda.firstname.lastname@example.org.