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Subject:                          October 2016 Newsletter DVA & BCA Month


Domestic Violence Awareness and Breast Cancer Awareness Month


Southeastern Community & Family Services, Inc.                                                  Newsletter Issue #23- October 2016




"To do all things necessary or proper to aid in improving the education, 

economic opportunities, living environment and general welfare of the people......"












Programs in Action!


Helping Each Other in a Time of Need


 Hurricane Matthew devastated the lives of many families throughout Southeastern's service area.  Although Scotland County did not experience major flooding, many families were without power for 5-6 days.  In an effort to meet the needs of our customers, Section 8 staff began calling all customers to check on them.  When a call was placed to Alexander Leach, he reported that he lost everything in his refrigerator and freezer because of the power outage. 

Ann Smith is a volunteer at the Laurinburg Section 8 office. She also serves as the primary contact for Wagram Church of God's food program.  When the staff reported Mr. Leach's condition to Ms. Smith, she immediately stepped into action.  Ms. Smith and other Section 8 personnel delivered paper products, cleaning supplies, orange juice, eggs, bread, and various types of meats to Mr. Leach.

Mr. Leach was so very thankful for the assistance provided to him through Southeastern's partnership with the Wagram Church of God.  


Ann Smith, Wagram Church of God and Alexander Leach, Section 8 Customer (Scotland County)






8 Ways to Stop Domestic Violence in Your Community


1.   Know the signs

One of the first steps is to familiarize individuals and the community with the possible signs of domestic violence. Many signs can be different and do not always come with physical indicators. Domestic violence is not just limited to physical attacks such as beatings. It also includes many forms of abusive behavior used to control the victim including emotional abuse, verbal abuse and economic abuse. Domestic violence also affects every level and demographic in society, so there is no typical victim despite the stereotypes. Someone who may not appear to be a victim of domestic violence may well be suffering in silence and it is important to recognize the signs if this is the case.

2.    Get your community educated

Start educating as many people as possible about Domestic Violence, its impact and how to intervene safely. 

3.    Get your community organized.

There is safety and influence in numbers when intervening to stop an abuser or making your community a place where Domestic Violence will not be tolerated.

4.    Ring the bell. 

If you are the neighbor of a family experiencing Domestic Violence, please take the time to ring their bell when you hear a violent situation happening. You could use the old neighborly approach of asking to borrow a cup of sugar or some milk as an excuse. If you feel that it could get dangerous, bring another person with you so there will be more than one witness.

5.   Make the call, NOW.

If the situation is beyond simple neighborly intervention (e.g. the abuser has a gun and uses it during the abuse), call the police or your local emergency services (such as 911 in the U.S.) IMMEDIATELY. Provide critical information, such as location, names, contact number, and whether or not you wish to remain anonymous. Do NOT intervene personally in this scenario as it will be too dangerous to do so.

6.    Listen to empower.

If a victim of domestic violence reaches out to you, listen. Let her know that you believe her and do not judge her choices. Victims often feel completely isolated and are often belittled by their partner; it is important to enable her to feel safe when confiding in you because eventually, she may well be able to gather enough courage to tell you exactly what is happening and to ask for help.

7.   Provide some relief.

If you know a Domestic Violence victim/survivor who is being kept at home without relief, do a random act of kindness for her: Offer to babysit the children for a few hours while the abuser is out so she can have a breather; Offer to pick up groceries for her on your grocery run. Every small gesture helps provide relief and also build the victim's confidence in eventually reaching out to you for help (or accepting your help).

8.   Document! Document! Document!  

Document any incidents that you witness. Take note of dates, times, injuries, and any other observations. Your ongoing documentation can help bolster a victim's courage and credibility when they are finally willing to pursue legal action against their partner.


For anonymous, confidential help available 24/7, call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-7233 (SAFE) or 1-800-787-3224 (TTY) now.



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Welcome to the 23rd edition of our newsletter. 

Because of October we have decided to shift our focus to two very important topics this month recognizes Breast Cancer Awareness and Domestic Violence Awareness. As you can see we've embraced what pink symbolizes and what purple symbolizes, especially in the month of October. In this newsletter we aim to inform and encourage. We must all show our support in whatever way we can.



1 in 8 American women will be diagnosed with breast cancer.



8 Tips for Cancer Prevention


The fight starts with prevention.


1.   Keep physically active. 

Research suggests that increased physical activity, even when begun later in life, reduces overall breast-cancer risk by about 10 percent to 30 percent. It is important to exercise moderately every week. Research has shown that physical activity even started late in life can reduce risk by an average 20 percent. Try a 30-minute walk five days a week to get this protective effect.

2.    Eat healthy to avoid tipping the scale. 

A great tool is a healthy lifestyle. Embracing a diet high in vegetables and fruit but also low in sugared drinks, refined carbohydrates and fatty foods lowers risk. 

3.    Avoid becoming overweight.

The time of life when breast cancer occurs is after menopause. The risk compounds with the added factor of obesity. It is important to try avoiding weight gain over time and to maintain a body-mass index (BMI) below 25.

4.    Don't smoke.

Research suggests that long-term smoking is associated with increased risk of breast cancer in some women.

5.   Drink little or no alcohol. 

Alcohol use is associated with an increased risk of breast cancer. Women should limit intake to no more than one drink per day, regardless of the type of alcohol.

6.    If you bear children, breast-feed your

     babies for as long as possible.

Breast-feeding for at least a year in total have a reduced risk of developing breast cancer later in women.

7.   Avoid hormone replacement therapy.

Menopausal hormone therapy increases risk for breast cancer. If you must take hormones to manage menopausal symptoms, avoid those that contain progesterone and limit their use to less than three years. "Bioidentical hormones" and hormonal creams and gels are no safer than prescription hormones and should also be avoided.

8.   Get regular breast cancer screenings. 

It is important to follow your doctor recommendations to decide what type of screening you need and how often you need it. 



Breast cancer kills more than 40,000 American women each year.




Men can get breast cancer. 

For about every 100 cases of breast cancer, 

1 is in men.






To Our SCFS Employees




Evan Moore

Sandra Lewis

Jessica Soles

Annie Leggett

Bonnie Jenerette

JoAnne Hunt

Tracy Wilson

Stacy Snow

Melanie Lance

Amelia Chavis

Karen McEachern

Paula Gore

Shante Smith

Crystal Jones

Edward Stanley

Christy Walker

Penny Oxendine

Mary McNair






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Cynthia Foskey, Executive Administrator
Southeastern Community & Family Services, Inc. 







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