GRAFTON—During a recent Taylor County Commission meeting, a proclamation was read to help raise awareness and break the cycle of domestic violence.
Commissioner Tony Veltri read a proclamation declaring the month of October to be Domestic Violence Awareness Month in Taylor County.
He cited that domestic violence affects every person in Taylor County as a victim, survivor, or as a family member, domestic partner, friend, co-worker or neighbor of a victim or survivor.
Veltri expressed that Taylor County recognizes the importance of designating a time devoted to increasing the general public’s awareness of domestic violence, celebrating the courage of victims and survivors and recognizing the tireless efforts of domestic violence program advocates.
He stated that the staff of the Rape and Domestic Violence Information Center (RDVIC) alongside volunteers, promote domestic violence prevention by offering educational services in Taylor County throughout the year, and the RDVIC requests support and assistance as it continues to work toward a society where all people can live in peace, free from violence and exploitation.
“We, Sam Gerkin, Tony Veltri and Orville Wright do hereby proclaim the month of October to be Domestic Violence Awareness Month in Taylor County, West Virginia, and comment this observance to all citizens,” Veltri voiced.
National Domestic Violence Awareness Month first began in 1981, by the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence as a day of unity to connect battered women’s advocates across the country.
The RDVIC, here in Taylor County, provides emergency shelter, counseling, support groups, advocacy, community education and volunteer opportunities.
All of the services are confidential and free of charge.
The non-profit organization provides services to men, women and children who are currently experiencing or who are survivors of domestic violence, child abuse, incest, sexual assault, elder care abuse, care giver abuse, sexual harassment or stalking.
The organization would like to invite the community to come out on Tuesday, October 15, from 6:00-7:00 p.m., to take part in a candlelight vigil for all victims and survivors of domestic violence at the International Mother’s Day Shrine in Grafton.
Mayor Peggy Barney will be signing the City of Grafton’s Domestic Violence Awareness Month proclamation before they hold their annual vigil in honor of those lost to domestic violence and those still suffering.
In addition, if you are a survivor and would like to speak at this event, please call 304-265-6534.
The organization shared that they welcome anyone who would like to speak in honor of a loved one, read a poem, sing a song, offer a prayer, to participate on this date.