One in four women will experience some form of domestic abuse in her lifetime. Five percent of men will also come forward about abuse.

These numbers aren’t just something Women’s Haven is working to decrease, they’re only a portion of why the volunteers at Women’s Haven do what they do. With October being Domestic Violence Awareness Month, Women’s Haven volunteers have been working to raise awareness in the area.

During the Chamber of Commerce and Industry community breakfast Thursday, Teresa Biffle, Women’s Haven executive director, and Penny Gardner, director of education, spoke about the importance of awareness and all Women’s Haven is doing during the month.

“It’s about honoring victims and raising awareness,” Biffle said. “There’s still a lot of domestic violence going on out there.”

Gardner said Women’s Haven has done several things to keep the awareness month in people’s minds. For instance, people affiliated with Women’s Haven put ribbons along Main Street.

Gardner said tables were set in several businesses. Those tables, which are part of the Empty Place at the Table program, feature stories about people lost because of domestic violence.

She said the Silent Witness program was also going to be part of the awareness month. The Silent Witness program features life sized cutouts that represent someone who was lost because of domestic violence.

Biffle said awareness is important because it can save lives. She said domestic violence extends from someone wanting to control another person.

“This is someone who’s suppose to love their partner,” Biffle said. “It’s about power and control.”

The people in attendance at the community breakfast also got an opportunity to listen to Pam Germany, who is this year’s chairwoman of the Duncan Chisholm Trail Kiwanis Club’s Pancake Day.

The all-you-can-eat event is fundraiser for the Kiwanis Club. Germany said about 2,500 people were fed at last year’s event, which is held annually from 6:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Election Day at the Stephens County Fair & Expo Center.

Germany said last year’s event had more than 200 volunteers, whether they were taking money, cooking, serving or cleaning. Funds from the event go for various items, including operating and maintenance expenses of Kiddieland Park.

“Come out and eat with us,” Germany said.

— Derrick Miller is a reporter for The Duncan Banner. He can be reached at 580-255-5354, Ext. 144, or via e-mail at

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