Domestic Abuse Awareness

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Monday event was just one of many  planned for the month of October. To show victims where to find help and remember those who have lost their fight. 

The Council on Domestic Abuse or CODA, held its annual candlelight light vigil on the steps of Terre Haute City Hall Monday. 

Community members and city officials joined together in an outpouring of love and support for domestic violence.

Names of victims were read as more than 50 purple balloons were  released into the air, with a single white balloon released as a symbol of hope. 

Statistics show one in four women will be victims of domestic violence in their lifetime and officials hope the event will let victims have a voice.

“It’s important for us to keep discussing the situation because people consider domestic violence a hush hush topic, they don’t want to talk about it, they want to whisper about it,” Sarah Campbell said. “So we want to talk about it as much as possible so people realize they should be talking about it too.” 

“And be open when somebody comes to you and listen to what they have to say, ‘not oh my gosh I don’t want to deal with it, I don’t want to get into it,’ Irene White said. “There is help.”

Organizers with the event says they will continue to hold this vigil the first Monday of October, as an opportunity to offer hope, encouragement and healing for residents of The Wabash Valley. 

If you or someone you know has experienced domestic abuse, please reach out for help.

CODA in Terre Haute’s number is 812-232-1736. 

For more information about CODA click here. 

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