October is National Domestic Violence Awareness, a reminder to support the victims and survivors of domestic abuse. It’s a serious issue. Domestic violence occurrences are on the rise across communities. It transcends cultural, economic and social issues, meaning anyone can be affected. According to statistics collected by the YWCA, domestic violence will affect 1 in 4 women in their lifetime, which is one too many! Awareness is more important than ever before.
In one community, a series of events were planned to raise awareness about domestic violence. In Fort Wayne, Indiana, a group of survivors of domestic violence, along with friends and family gathered at the local YWCA to collect flowers and made a quarter-mile walk to St. Mary’s river. Each flower represented a life that has been affected by domestic violence. At the bridge, they took a moment of silence and tossed their flowers into the river, an act that symbolized growth, strength and remembrance for the victims. It also represents the journey and transformation for the survivors-from victim to survivor. They are also reminded that there is hope and peace.
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