Local advocacy group to honor victims of domestic violence

Community members hold candles during a Domestic Violence Vigil

Community members hold candles during a Domestic Violence Vigil

He told the crowd in front of County Hall that is significant growth since the late Frank Clark started the Domestic Violence Bureau when he came into office 20 years ago and put Assistant DA Lisa Bloch Rodwin in charge.

The DVCC is a domestic violence agency serving the communities of Stamford, Norwalk, Westport, New Canaan, Darien, Wilton, and Weston. In order to end domestic violence, we all need to be part of the solution.

Acts of violence or abuse can manifest in a variety of ways ranging from rape, homicide, stalking and a negative state of mental health. "If you take a step back and think about it, really, you yourself could be a victim of domestic violence and not even realize it". Domestic violence hotlines receive approximately 21,000 calls a day, according to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence. DVA month occurs every October and has been running since 1981.

A service to honor the victims of domestic violence is set for next week in Fort Dodge. Organizers ask that participants wear purple, the color of the domestic violence awareness ribbon, if possible.

Although women are widely understood to be victims of domestic violence, men also happen to be effected.

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According to the National Domestic Violence Hotline, almost half of all men and women in the United States have experienced psychological aggression by an intimate partner in their lifetime.

Having an understanding that a population of men undergo domestic abuse is vital in combating it and identifying the warning signs. "If awareness is taught and survivors are helped, only then can a difference be made".

The detrimental effects of domestic violence are striking and traces of such abuse can manifest within an individual's life in greater and/or lesser degrees.

Community members could add their hand print to a tree mural, showing their commitment to standing up against domestic violence.

"It takes a coordinated effort from all corners of the city, including law enforcement, advocates, schools and civic groups to combat the scourge of domestic violence and declare that it will not be tolerated in our community", Mayor Jerry Weiers said.

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