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Women's shelter hosts second annual walk to end domestic violence

LAWTON, OK (KSWO)- 'We all know somebody'. It's a simple and powerful message that one woman's shelter is looking to spread regarding domestic violence.

Tuesday at Elmer Thomas Park, New Direction's Women's Shelter held its second annual walk to end domestic violence.
Hundreds of people came out to spread awareness and to participate in the free event. We caught up with the program director for New Directions Shelter, Kerrie Mathews.
She says these events are needed, because it teaches people that leaving an abusive relationship isn't as easy as it may seem.
She says, “There are so many things behind that, whether it be the fear in leaving because of power and control; or whether they've been isolated from their friends and family; they don't have anywhere else to go. You know when you've been with someone a long time, they love that person. They want that person to be different.”

New Directions assists more than 1,200 Oklahomans every year. 500 of them alone are in Comanche County.


New Directions Women’s Shelter does have a 24-hour hotline available for anyone in need.
That number is 580-357-2500.

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