Marquette Women's Center holds kickoff event for Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Saul Bowman
October 4, 2017

Abigail's Arms Cooke County Family Crisis Center kicked off National Domestic Violence Awareness Month on Saturday with the annual Purple Out Fun Run. While the rate of domestic violence in our country has decreased over the last two decades, domestic violence continues to spread across our Nation.

About 40-50 people gathered Monday evening at Lawton Park, Clinton and Fourth streets, to call attention to the need to end domestic violence.

We share a moral obligation to recognize, address, and stop domestic violence. "If you have one case of domestic violence it's too much, and certainly we see too much of it in the Marquette County area", says Detective Capt. Mike Kohler of the Marquette Police Dept.

It's time to BREAK THE SILENCE! Together we can bolster victims' support networks and encourage and empower them to report offenses.

"For 25 years now, we as program service providers collaboratively and effortlessly combine our efforts, our mission and vision to provide a safe and healthy community for our family", she said, adding that the community is facing a lot of challenges which require countless hours of sacrifices and support.

Empty Place at the Table: Week of October 23 at Pasquerilla Spiritual Center; an exhibit organized by Centre County Women's Resource Center and Gender Equity Center to honor and remember those in our community who were killed as a result of domestic violence. Dillon works as the Event Coordinator for the Shelter for Help in Emergency. The Basketball Wives star joined hundreds in marching to honor victims and bring awareness to domestic violence.

Cmdr. Hurd spoke of the importance of combating domestic violence as a community in his remarks at the event.

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