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Published: Fri, October 06, 2017
Medical | By Garry George

Day Of Unity Declared For Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Day Of Unity Declared For Domestic Violence Awareness Month

On Oct. 9, the annual Domestic Violence vigil will be held, beginning at 6:30 p.m.at Graves Memorial Presbyterian Church, 201 Fayetteville St.

At all of the ceremonies, law enforcement put purple ribbons on their vehicles in support of domestic violence survivors and to show that police take a zero tolerance stand on the crime.

The awareness is a month-long activity aimed at spotlighting support for ending domestic violence and sexual assault. Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) affects more than 12 million people each year.

"Now more than ever we all must play our role" in keeping people safe from domestic abuse and sexual violence, said Melissa Reed, director of legal services for the council.

"I wish that there was not a need for this effort to exist but we know that domestic violence has been with us forever and will probably, sadly, continue to be with us for the foreseeable future", Arkoosh said.

If we are silent, domestic violence will thrive; if we speak up, it can and will end.

Domestic Violence Awareness Month evolved from the "Day of Unity" hosted in October 1981 and conceived by the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence. 79 people have lost their lives to domestic violence locally. Domestic violence occurs in all genders, races, socioeconomic groups, religions, and so on.

Today, the Women's Center hosted a kick-off event at the Marquette Commons to spread awareness.

This past year, several residents at the Crisis Shelter of Lawrence County witnessed their animals being abused or threatened to be abused as a result of domestic violence. October will be filled with presentations and activities to bring domestic violence awareness to the community.

The month's official color is purple, which, according to DomesticShelters.org, exemplifies hope for survivors and dedication to ending violence. I just said, 'I'm sorry for your loss.' I walked out of that building with many things running through my head. These programs provide counseling, shelter, as well as legal and financial support for victims. To get help call 211 to be connected with a domestic violence advocate.

"We have to stop asking the question why does she stay and focus on why is he hurting her, that's where the crime is being committed", said gill.

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