The observance of Domestic Violence Awareness Month continues through October. It’s being spearheaded locally by the Hospitality House for Women, Inc.
Lynn Rousseau, Executive Director, says that the ultimate goal of DVAM is to help people avoid becoming victims of domestic violence. She urges the public to visit Hospitality House for Women, Inc. on Facebook to learn about healthy relationships and the warning signs of domestic abuse.
A trio of events will be held in the coming days as part of the local DVAM observance –
A Candlelight Vigil will take place this Thursday evening at 6 pm at Rotary Plaza in downtown Rome. Three survivors of domestic violence will share their stories, according to Rousseau.
The annual Walk A Mile in Her Shoes event will be held on Friday and will offer a more lighthearted approach to raising awareness of domestic violence. Registration will start at 11 am at Rotary Plaza.
The Grand Marshal Challenge is back for 2022, in which the top fund raiser will earn the opportunity to lead the walk aboard the Roman Chariot. Locals are urged by Rousseau to view the list of this year’s competitors and vote for their favorites at www.hospitalityhouseforwomen.org.
The last event on the DVAM calendar will be Hospitality House for Women’s Annual Meeting on Monday, October 24th at 6 pm in the Wilder Center of the First United Methodist Church in downtown Rome.
A 24-hour crisis line is available to victims of domestic violence in Rome and Floyd County at (706) 235-4673 (HOPE).