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For the 11th straight year, a domestic violence awareness information program will be held at Elizabethtown Community and Technical College.
Sponsored by The Phoenix Club, a student-based organization, adviser Susan Berry said Tuesday's program has many purposes, including making victims aware that they are not alone in this battle and that there are local places to find help.
According to the Domestic Violence Resource Center, one in four women will experience domestic violence and as many as 3 million women are physically abused by a husband or boyfriend per year. On average, more than three women and one man are murdered by their intimate partners in the United States every day.
“Our students are representative of our community,'' Berry said of those involved in the program. “They are a pretty good cross section of Hardin County. We want more people to be aware of what is going on and that there are services available. The more it is out there, the better opportunity there is to reduce domestic violence.''
The information day is 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday with a candlelight vigil beginning at 6:30 p.m. During the vigil, poetry will be read, there will be music, speakers and a candle lighting in memory of those who have been victims of child abuse or family violence.
The information day is open to the public and is in Room 112 of the Administration Building at ECTC. Berry said between 50 and 100 people typically attend the vigil.
The theme for this year’s vigil is “Serenity ... the wisdom to know the difference.”
Berry said the economic challenges of today and job losses can contribute to to an increase in family violence.
“Providing information and community support is one small thing we can do to help with the prevention of family violence and assistance to women,” she said in an ECTC news release.
Jeff D’Alessio can be reached at (270) 505-1757 or email@example.com.