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Raising Awareness, sharing Hope: Domestic Violence and Suicide
Awareness and communicating the message of help and hope are necessary to address the link between multiple forms of violence. While suicide, domestic violence and sexual assault are public health issues they uniquely impact individuals, families and communities in Wyoming. We must acknowledge the loss of our loved ones to violence while encouraging those who live the struggle to reach out for help by providing them hope. Our deepest sympathies are extended to the survivors of suicide loss relating to domestic violence and sexual assault. Let this message of hope also serve as illustration that those who have been lost to violence in our Wyoming communities have not been forgotten.
Suicide is a public health issue and is everyone’s business. Suicide can be prevented providing we are able to identify and intervene when someone is at risk. Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault and Suicide are known to be linked as forms of violence. Resources are available to rekindle hope and respond to a range of suicidal ideation and behavior from thoughts to attempts as well as survivors of loss.
For immediate support for you or others please contact 911 or 1-800-273-TALK (8255), text 741-741, or log on to http://www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org/ to chat live.
Additionsal information on domestic violence and sexual assault and links between multiple forms of violence is available at:
Messages of Hope
About the Domestic Violence and Suicide in Wyoming
Awareness and Prevention Initiative:
Created in 2015 by the State Silent Witness Committee in cooperation with the Prevention Management Organization of Wyoming and the Wyoming Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault, the initiative is intended to raise awareness about the connection and increased risk between domestic violence and suicide. If a woman commits suicide and the family believes the suicide was linked to the domestic violence the woman experienced, a small non-identifying shield with a suicide prevention message of the family’s choice will be added to the yellow silhouette that represents all women whom have lost their lives to domestic violence linked suicide. Although this initiative is separate from the Silent Witness Initiative, the initiatives travel together, aiming to make the world free of violence.
"You’re tired of crying, fighting, being angry, feeling like it is all your fault, like no one cares. Let us help you, stand beside you and fight with you. Talk to us. You are not alone. Tomorrow is a new day."- Family of a Wyoming woman who completed suicide in response to domestic violence.