October is National Domestic Violence Awareness month.
Catholic Charities of Chemung/Schuyler, the Salvation Army Safehouse, the Elmira Police Department’s Victim Services Program and the Schuyler County District Attorney’s Office are joining forces to host two awareness events next month, designed to remember those lost to domestic violence, honor survivors, and educate the public on the warning signs as well as the resources available to them.
The first event is the 2nd annual “Shine the Light on Domestic Violence!” event, which will be held at Eldridge Park on Saturday, October 6 from 5:00p.m.-7:00p.m. The program will feature stories from survivors of domestic violence and a candlelight ceremony.
The fifth annual “Take a Hike, Domestic Violence!” event will be held later in the month, on Saturday, October 13 at the Schuyler Outreach Food Pantry starting at 9:30a.m. At 10:30a.m., participants will hike the Watkins Glen State Park Gorge. Pre-registration for that event will be available online until October 10. After that date, you can register in person at the food pantry.
There is no registration fee for either of these events, but donations of $5 gift cards to local grocery stores and gas stations will be accepted to assist victims in getting the items and support that they may need. These donations will go to Catholic Charities’ First Step Victim Services Program and the Salvation Army Safehouse.
The committee for the Shine the Light event is also challenging local businesses, organizations, and individuals to display purple ribbons or using purple lights wherever they can during the month of October. “Shine the Light on Domestic Violence” yard signs are also available and can be picked up from the Catholic Charities’ table at Wisner Park on Thursdays.
Purple ribbons will be hung along Franklin Street in Watkins Glen and Church Street in Elmira for the entire month of October.