Local women's shelter hosts domestic violence awareness walk

Local women's shelter hosts domestic violence awareness walk
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LAWTON, OK (KSWO)- On Saturday, Elmer Thomas park was filled with purple for a special cause.

Purple is the color of support for Domestic Violence Awareness Month, which is recognized in October.
Marie Detty Youth and Family Services and their New Directions Women's Shelter program hosted the event for the third time.
People walked around the park to remember victims who have lost their lives to abuse.
Silent witness signs were also up, they look like cut-outs of people, to describe the stories of those who have died from domestic violence in the community.
One of the event coordinators, Kerrie Mathews sends a message to those struggling in a violent relationship right now.
"There is help out there and they don't have to go through things alone,” said Mathews. They are a victim in what is taking place. They are not alone. There are people they can talk to, places they can go. There are resources available to them to help people that need to get out of dangerous relationships."

Mathews said their program has a pet shelter for those with pets trying to leave domestic violent relationships.
They also collected donated items for the women's shelter.


For more information on the program, you can visit their website http://www.mariedetty.org/

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