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Coalition to hold Shop for Safety

Oct 10, 2017

By David Hotle, The JOURNAL

 

Shoppers at Wal-Mart this Friday will be asked to add a few items to their carts to help the victims of domestic violence in Washington County as the Washington County Domestic Violence Coalition will hold a Shop For Safety event.

Domestic Abuse Advocate and coalition president Brad Koenig said coalition members would be asking patrons to purchase an extra item that can be passed along to domestic violence victims. Koenig said lists of needed items will be given to people entering the store. Koenig also said the coalition keeps items in Washington County that can be given to domestic violence victims, including furniture and washing machines.

“If you use it at your house, other people need it too,” Koenig said. “Why we ask for donations for some of these thing is we try to help people and every little bit helps save money, When there is an arrest made or two people split up because of domestic violence, generally it is the woman who gets left with the children and the bills and the guy just skates. The kids still need food or diapers. She needs gas to get to work.”

He said last year’s event had been a great success.

On Oct. 27 there will be a domestic violence educational symposium held at the Washington Public Library. The event begins at 9 a.m. with keynote speaker Vicki Crompton. The audience will then move into breakout sessions that will include discussions on traumatic brain injuries and criminal and legal issues.

For more information, contact Koenig at 319-457-0027.

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