Ask any little girl what her two favorite colors are, and she’s likely to say pink and purple. Ironically, the same two colors signify two of her worst nightmares as she grows older: breast cancer and domestic violence. October is Awareness Month for both the deadly disease and the devastating, violent crime. It is also a time to celebrate the amazing survivors of both.
Harbor House Domestic Violence Center in Stone County is set to host a special event in recognition of battered women and their children. “A Candlelight Vigil: Remembering the Victims of Domestic Violence,” will begin at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, October 17, at St. Andrew Presbyterian Church in Kimberling City. The program will include prayer for the victims of domestic violence, words from survivors and a special candle lighting ceremony. The public is invited to attend.
According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV), one in every three women has been a victim of some form of physical violence by an intimate partner within her lifetime, and one in every four has been a victim of severe physical violence. Created in 1985 as a victim services program of Christian Associates of Table Rock Lake, Harbor House Domestic Violence Center has protected thousands of women from across the country.
Please join the movement to end violence against women. If you or a loved one are a victim of domestic violence, please call the Harbor House Domestic Violence Hotline at 1.877.507.7233.