October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month in Rockwall County
(ROCKWALL, TX – September 13, 2015) Women in Need (WIN), a local nonprofit organization serving victims of domestic abuse, will host several annual community awareness events this October, among them – a Candlelight Vigil on Oct. 9 at the Rockwall County Courthouse; a Rockwall County First Responder and Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon on Oct. 16; and the 2nd annual “Shine A Light on Domestic Violence” Glow Run on Oct. 24 at Harry Myers Park.
Rockwall County Vigil
Join WIN Oct. 9 at the Rockwall County Courthouse as they remember lives lost to domestic violence and celebrate those that have broken the chain. WIN, local leaders and survivors will be sharing inspiring information and bringing awareness and hope to the community. This free event will kick off Domestic Violence Awareness Month for Rockwall County.
Rockwall County First Responder and Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon
WIN will honor local first responders and volunteers with a special come and go luncheon Oct. 16 at the Rockwall County Courthouse, Liberty Hall.
This year WIN’s 5k Glow Run on Oct. 24 will focus on bringing domestic violence out of the dark and bringing awareness to the community about the services available to victims and families dealing with domestic violence. Onsite registration begins at 5 p.m. on race day with the race starting at dusk. The money raised at the event will go directly to WIN and the clients they serve by providing free services such as: a 24 hour hotline, crisis intervention, counseling, support groups, legal advocacy and prevention and education programs.
WIN reports that it has seen its number of clients almost triple in recent months, from about 30 clients per month to nearly 100. According to WIN Shelter Outreach Director Cheryl Bahm, about 10 percent of those are new clients, and they average around two to three new clients a week. She said she believes the increase in clients is not necessarily because domestic violence is happening more often, but more due to WIN’s efforts to increase community awareness about their services.
To learn more about WIN or any of its events, call 972-772-3000 or visit wintexas.org.
By Dawn Redig, Blue Ribbon News.
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