Meet Nicole Owens!
Nicole has been with Denton County Friends of the Family for two and a half years and is a member of the Prevention, Education, and Awareness Program team, working as a Community Educator/Community Education Specialist.
What is your favorite thing about working at DCFOF? My favorite thing about working here is my ability to make a difference in the lives of individuals and the community as a whole.
What is the most memorable presentation you have given? Why? I was teaching a class of kids when the topic of bullying came up. One student asked a question and it helped me realize that bullying functions ina lot of the same ways that abuse does. Whether it's bullying or abuse, they're both about having power and control over another person. It helped me to better understand how I can explain abuse when I'm talking with others. It had such a great impact on my understanding and I really appreciate the presentations where an audience member says or does something that allows me to learn!
Why do you DVAM? Domestic violence impacts millions of people, so it's a widespread problem that is not often discussed. However, domestic violence is happening in every comunity. Awareness helps save lives and gets people connected to services quicker. There are a lot of misconceptions about what domestic violence means, especially because when we do see if depicted or labeled by the media as domestic violence, it's generally referring to physical or sexual violence. We often overlook emotional and verbal violence, so people who are being victimized in those ways may not know that what they are experiencing is abuse or that there are services available to them for help. I often hear from survivors that they wish they knew about DCFOF sooner. I want to change that.
What are some things that you do during DVAM to educate, advocate, & spread awareness? In my role at DCFOF, I make sure I mention that DVAM is in October. I tell people about the Honoring Texas Victim Report and try to help my audience understand how widespread domestic violencec is. We also host several DVAM events each year. We try to create a variety of events throughout the month to get people involved and spread awareness. Personally, I try to wear a lot of purple! I've painted my nails and even dyed parts of my hair purple previous years. When or if someone comments on my purple, I make sure to mention it's for DVAM. Social media is also a great way to share information about DVAM. Octover is a busy month, so I make sure to tell friends and family that I'm so busy because it's DVAM.
What is a fun fact about you? In high school, I designed and made costumes for our theatre department. I also did some acting, but I'm much better at the costume design!