Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Take a stand against domestic violence

How many times have you picked up our local newspaper, or turned on your TV to listen to the local news, only to read or hear about yet another domestic violence incident that has occurred in our community? What were your thoughts when you heard about the situation? Did you know either of the parties? Were there children involved? Did you perhaps witness the incident taking place? What was your response?

All of these questions come into play more and more often in the community in which we live. Did you know that within our state’s attorney’s office, one third of all criminal cases are domestic violence related. Have you noticed the increase in the number of pregnant women who are victims of domestic violence? Pregnant women are 60 percent more likely to suffer from domestic violence than women who are not pregnant.

Too often domestic violence is just ignored. Sadly, many people still believe it is a private matter and therefore they should not get involved.

Domestic violence knows no prejudice and crosses all boundaries. It can and does affect every single one of us. We all have responsibilities in taking a stand to eliminate domestic violence in our community!

What will you do?

In recognition of National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, please come to Central Christian Church, 650 W. William Street, and take your stand on putting an end to domestic violence in our community by attending our annual Candlelighting Ceremony, 7:00 p.m. on the 11th. We will remember those who have suffered and died at the hands of their abuser, recognize the survivors and those working every day to help put an end to the abuse.

Teri Ducy

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