Each year since 1987, October has been proclaimed National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. To honor that proclamation, purple ribbons are posted all around downtown Harlan.
The purple ribbon campaign was adopted by domestic violence advocates, friends and families as a visible symbol of support. The display of purple ribbons sends the message there is no place for violence in the home, community, workplace or schools.
A candlelight vigil will he held on Oct. 27 at 7:30 p.m. to honor victims and celebrate survivors of domestic violence. The event will be held in front of the Harlan County Courthouse on the Central Street Entrance.
During the event there will be special guest speakers, live music by Lonnie Milwee and Phyllis Farley, door prizes, refreshments and information will be available.
“The numbers are frightening,” said Sheryl Caudel, Harlan County Domestic Violence Victim’s Advocate. “The assaults too frequent and the impact on our lives and on our communities is too devastating for us to tolerate this any longer. Domestic violence thrives in secrecy and silence. Please join us to help break the silence and end the violence.”
According to national experts, one in four women will experience domestic violence in her lifetime. Domestic violence continues to plague our society and permeates our daily lives. Odds are that’s either you, someone in your family or someone you know very well that has at one time or another been subjected to an act of domestic violence.
“Domestic violence is not just the physical act of hitting, throwing things, shooting, stabbing, kicking or beating another human being,” said Caudel. “It is verbal, sexual, financial, emotional and religious.”
Caudel added, “seniors, teens, children, members of all races, males, females, the poor, the rich and “in-between” can all be victims of domestic violence.
“If you or someone you care about is a victim of domestic violence, you are not alone,” Caudel said. “Help is available, Call the 24-hour crisis line at 800-755-5348 for safe shelter. If you need information, help with safety planning, information or assistance in filing an Emergency Protective Order, or would like to know more about participating in awareness projects, you may contact me at 606-392-1129.”
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