Safewalk: Take a Stand Against Domestic Violence

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Safewalk: Take a Stand Against Domestic Violence

By Angela Barbosa

 

October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. If you want to work to end the violence by walking to promote safety at home, school and everywhere in between, join the community for the Women’s Center 10th annual 4k “SafeWalk” on Sunday morning, October 2, inside the Danbury Fair.

More than an opportunity to unite the community in the organization’s mission to end domestic violence, SafeWalk raises essential funds to support their free programs and services. In addition to the Walk, the event will feature their annual memorial tribute to honor victims of domestic violence in our own community, as well as entertainment, refreshments and activities for all ages.

Last year, more than 1,000 participants joined the SafeWalk, and the Women’s Center provided domestic violence services to 1,987 people throughout our 13-town area from July 2015 thru June 2016.

“The Women’s Center’s SafeWalk event is the perfect opportunity for people throughout our communities to join us in taking a stand against domestic violence, walking with us in support of all survivors, as well as in memory of area victims whose lives were lost. Together, we can send the message that domestic violence is not and never will be tolerated,” said Patricia Zachman,
President and CEO.

Women’s Center Advisory Council member Kathy Graham and volunteer Kara Conn are co-chairing the 2016 SafeWalk. Their committee is seeking support in a number of areas, large and small.

SafeWalk pre-registration is $25 per individual, $15 per student. Walk day registration is $30 for individuals, $20 for students and begins at 8:30 a.m., followed by the opening ceremony at 9:15 and walking at 9:30. For information, and to register online, visit their FirstGiving page at http://www.firstgiving.com/womenscenterofgreaterdanbury/safewalk-2016. For information on sponsorship and volunteering, please contact Special Events Manager, Kelly Parker, at (203) 731-5200, ext. 232, or kelly.p@wcogd.org.

 

About The Center

The Women’s Center of Greater Danbury provides free and confidential services to prevent or lessen the trauma associated with domestic violence, sexual assault and other major life transitions to thousands of women, children and men annually. The programs of the Women’s Center are supported by state and local government, area United Way agencies and the people and businesses in the communities we serve, including Bethel, Bridgewater, Brookfield, Danbury, Kent, New Fairfield, New Milford, Newtown, Redding, Ridgefield, Roxbury, Sherman, Warren and Washington, CT.

 

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September 22, 2016

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