Hope Harbour gears up for Domestic Violence Awareness Walk - WRBL

Hope Harbour gears up for Domestic Violence Awareness Walk

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Local domestic violence shelter Hope Harbour will be hosting the Domestic Violence Awareness Walk, a public awareness event beginning at Country's Barbeque on Broadway Tuesday, Oct. 8.

One in four women will be a victim of domestic violence during her lifetime.  Much closer to home, last year Columbus police responded to over 4,200 domestic violence calls. 

"The more people who are aware of how devastating domestic violence is to families and what the warning signs are, the more everyone is prepared to assist a victim should the necessity arise," says board member Bonnie Kennedy. "It is going to be a wonderful night to walk a short distance in honor of victims and survivors of domestic violence."

Diane Hett, Executive Director of Hope Harbour, said, "Hope Harbour's shelter and crisis line give thousands of individuals and families affected by domestic violence the critical support and resources to help them rebuild their lives. Events like Domestic Violence Awareness Walk help heighten the awareness so desperately needed to help victims of domestic violence move toward safe futures."

The walk is open to the public. Everyone is asked to wear purple, the color signifying domestic violence. Any motorcycle riders are welcome to come lead the walk. Registration will begin at 5:30 p.m. at Country's with the walk beginning at 6:00 p.m. 

Participants are asked to park at Woodruff Park, Bay Avenue and W. 10th Street. Shuttles will be provided to take people to the starting point at Country's. There is no charge to participate in the walk. 

The Annual Candlelight Vigil, a tribute to all Georgia residents who died due to domestic violence within the past year, will be held at the end of the walk presented by The Domestic Violence Roundtable, Inc.

For more information, please call (706)256-0237, ext. 114 or visit www.hopeharbour.org.

Jessi Mitchell

Jessi joined the WRBL news team in October 2012 after working as a freelance production assistant for MTV Networks in Los Angeles.

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