Partners devote month to awareness

Community Partnering for Effective Domestic Violence Response Committee members say they hope several events this month make people aware of and recognize the dangers domestic violence.
“We are trying to enhance the community’s understanding of domestic violence,” Auglaize County Crisis Center Director Shirley Longworth said.
Several groups are partnering together to form the committee, including the Crisis Center, the Auglaize County Sheriff’s Office, the Wapakoneta Police Department, Help Me Grow, Auglaize County Victim Assistance, and other concerned citizens throughout the community. Other law enforcement agencies throughout the community are also being recruited to join the effort. Several area preachers and other members of faith-based groups have joined in.
“Our goal was to build a networking station so that the needs of adult and children victims of domestic violence were met,” Longworth said. “Our goals are to protect victims of domestic violence by making a common framework for safety planning and providing effective risk reduction.”
Committee members are asking businesses county-wide to consider having staff wear purple on Oct. 13 in observance of domestic violence awareness.
Tree-planting ceremonies are to be held Oct. 19 at Wapakoneta High School at 10 a.m., at 11:45 p.m. Oct. 20 at Minster and at 9:30 a.m. Oct. 21 at Waynesfield. Tree-planting is also planned for Oct. 17 at New Bremen with a time yet to be determined. A tree-planting time and date will also be held at New Knoxville high school but a time and date has yet to be determined.
On Oct. 23, a vigil is scheduled to be held at 2 p.m. at Salem United Methodist Church in honor of domestic violence awareness. Following the vigil, a Walk of Hope will take place from the church to Veteran’s Park. A Festival of Hope will continue at the park until 5 p.m. with music, fun and food for all ages.
Also members of the Auglaize County Sheriff’s Office, the Wapakoneta Police Department and other participating law enforcement agencies will place purple ribbons on their vehicles throughout the month to promote domestic violence awareness.