More changes have been made to the local observation of Domestic Violence Awareness Month. All in-person events that had been scheduled for this year have now been cancelled, as stated in a notice from the Hospitality House for Women, Inc. This includes the annual Candlelight Vigil that was planned for this Thursday, October 22nd. The vigil was to be followed by the Hospitality House’s annual public meeting; that meeting is now slated to be held virtually via Zoom on Thursday, October 29th at 6 pm.

Staff at the House have been exposed to coronavirus and will need to undergo testing, according to Lynn Rousseau, Executive Director.

The 15th annual Walk A Mile in Her Shoes is also being held virtually. More information is available on the Hospitality House for Women, Inc. Facebook page. This is the event in which men strut around in high heels to show their support of domestic violence victims. It provides a light-hearted approach to open doors for an otherwise uncomfortable conversations. Videos of walkers will be shared from October 23rd through 30th on Facebook.

Walk A Mile is one of the House’s major fundraising events each year. Those who wish to support the cause may still do so in other ways, such as shopping at the Hospitality House Thrift Store on Shorter Avenue, says Rousseau, who adds that all proceeds from the store support shelter activities.

The Hospitality House for Women, Inc. will benefit from the Floyd County Police Department’s annual golf tournament set for Friday, November 6th. Get details and register by calling the FCPD at (706) 235-7766.

Rousseau states that she is grateful for the community’s support of the House in this era of coronavirus.

For more information about the organization and to make a donation online, visit

Domestic Violence Awareness Month has been observed nationwide during each October for close to four decades.