2013-10-10 / News

Vigil planned for survivors

October is domestic violence awareness

MANISTIQUE – A candlelight vigil will be held to honor survivors of domestic violence on Oct. 23. The vigil, hosted by Tri-County Safe Harbor, will take place at 7 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church in Manistique.

Observed each year in October, Domestic Violence Awareness Month grew out of a single day, the “Day of Unity” in October 1981, organized by the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence. The first observance of Domestic Violence Awareness Month took place in October 1987 and in 1989, Congress passed legislation designating October as National Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

According to Tri-County Safe Harbor, there are some startling statistics involving domestic violence. Every nine seconds in the U.S., a woman is assaulted or beaten. Around the world, at least every one in three women has been beaten, coerced into sex or otherwise abused during her lifetime. Most often, the abuser is a member of her own family.

Domestic violence is the leading cause of injury to women – more than car accidents, muggings and rapes combined. Studies suggest that up to 10 million children witness some form of domestic violence annually.

The shelter for women and children is located in Escanaba. Safe Harbor provides counseling, advocacy, referrals, transportation, emergency housing and more for victims of domestic violence. There is a 24 hour crisis line available at (906) 789-1166 or (800) 682-1649.

The Manistique office number is (906) 286-0296.

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