By BRAD KELLAR
Officials with a local organization which deals with the devastation of domestic violence are hoping to bring the community together for one night, to remember the victims and celebrate the survivors.
The annual “Day of Unity” event is scheduled to start at 6 p.m. Monday, October 7 at the Best Western Monica Royale Inn & Suites, 3001 Mustang Crossing in Greenville. The “Day of Unity” is sponsored by Women In Need of Hunt County.
The event is based on the original “Day of Unity” observance in 1981, which grew to become national Domestic Violence Awareness Month each October.
This year’s theme is “A Time to H.E.A.L. (Help End Abuse Locally)”, and October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month.
Women In Need assists the victims of domestic violence through a variety of services, including emergency shelter care, a 24-hour crisis hotline, counseling, support and accompaniment through the legal system, aftercare, assistance with clothing and household needs, as well as job training and referrals.
Officials with the agency note that despite the significant progress made in reducing violence against women, there is still a long way to go.
Anyone wanting more information concerning the “Day of Unity” program or Women In Need can call 903-455-4612.