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February 14, 2020

For Immediate Release

Feb. 14, 2020

Event held to promote self care, awareness and healthy relationships

Participants received information for themselves, family and friends

OKMULGEE, Oklahoma — “These events that Family Violence [Prevention Program] holds are very informative and much needed,” Muscogee (Creek) citizen Tessie Jimboy said. “They want to help you with healthy relationships and they want to help you to know the signs of an unhealthy relationship too.”

The Muscogee (Creek) Nation Family Violence and Prevention Program (FVPP) hosted an ‘All You Need is Love…and Respect,’ event at the MCN Department of Housing on Feb. 12 in Okmulgee, Okla.

FVPP Project Coordinator and Victim Advocate Tania Bardin feels these events are a big help to the MCN community.

“We know it is Valentine’s month and it is also Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month,” Bardin said. “Domestic violence can occur at anytime, not just the months that we hold these events.”

Bardin said this event is to promote self-care and healthy relationships.

“It is an opportunity to show that love is a great thing and we can show what it looks like in a healthy relationship,” she said.

Participants were treated to snacks and were able to make hand scrubs, Valentine’s Day cards and answered quizzes on self care and relationships.

Jimboy said these events helped prepare her to be able to talk to her daughter when she had questions.

“My daughter has spoken to me about some of the signs that she has seen in her friends and their relationships,” Jimboy said. “With the information that I have received from events such as this one, it has helped me to answer her questions.”

Bardin said the FVPP staff is here to help and support anyone who may have questions about the program and services.

“We want people to know that we are here for them,” she said.

Jimboy is thankful for FVPP and what they have done.

“Keep having these events,” she said. “They are helpful for us adults and also our teens.”

For more information on FVPP, call: 918-732-7979.