MOUNT VERNON — The DELTA Project at New Directions announces that October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Domestic Violence Awareness Month commemorates victims and honors survivors of domestic abuse by raising awareness through community education, providing information about local resources for crisis services, and engaging Knox County residents in domestic violence prevention activities.
The DELTA Project at New Directions has planned a number of events to honor both victims and survivors of domestic violence. The public libraries of Mount Vernon, Fredericktown, Gambier and Danville will raise awareness about the prevalence of domestic violence by displaying “The Clothesline Project.” The Clothesline Project collects shirts decorated by victims of domestic violence which speak about the victims’ hopes, fears, and experiences. The shirts are hung on a clothesline to be viewed by others as testimony to the problem of family violence while providing insight into the perspective of the victim.
Additionally, a screening of “Telling Amy’s Story,” followed by a discussion will take place on Tuesday, Oct. 9 at 6:30 p.m. at the Fredericktown Public Library and again on Thursday, Oct. 25 at 6:30 p.m. ,at the Mount Vernon Public Library Main Branch. These events are open to the public.
The annual Domestic Violence Awareness Month Candlelight Vigil will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 16 in the Mount Vernon Public Square at 6:30 p.m. This year’s annual vigil will feature keynote speaker Matthew Kurtz, director of Job and Family Services, live music, and an official proclamation from Mayor Richard Mavis. In the event of inclement weather, the vigil will be held at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church. This event is open to the public and all are welcome.
The Teen Advisory Council will hold a concert at Sips (downtown location) on Monday, Oct. 29 from 6 p.m.-8 p.m. Local high school musical talent will be featured in an effort to raise awareness about domestic violence and teen dating violence.
New Directions, a United Way and the Mental Health and Recovery Board agency, has been providing shelter and support for survivors of sexual assault in Knox County since 1983. The DELTA Project is based at New Directions and works to prevent intimate partner violence, teen dating violence, and sexual assault by promoting healthy relationships through community education and outreach. For more information contact, Christina Barnard, DELTA Coordinator at New Directions of Knox County, (740) 397-4357 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Published on October 1, 2012