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Neighbors Growing Together | Oct 20, 2017

Programs raise awareness of domestic violence

Sep 20, 2017

By David Hotle, The JOURNAL

 

With October being National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, the Washington County Domestic Violence Coalition has several programs planned during the month to help support the victims of domestic violence.

Domestic Abuse Advocate and coalition president Brad Koenig said

“Anything that gets donated to us stays in the county,” he said. “We do a very good job in every county we serve that all items stay in their specific county — and we serve Iowa, Johnson, Cedar, Washington, Henry, Lee, Des Moines and Van Buren counties.”

On Thursday, Oct. 5, at the Washington Farmers Market, the coalition will raise awareness and collect donations. A table will be set up and items will be sold. The color of support for domestic violence advocacy is purple, Koenig said, and purple items would be sold.

A Shop for Safety event is scheduled for 2 to 6 p.m. Oct. 13 at Wal-Mart. He 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.

“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.

Koenig also said the coalition keeps items in Washington County that can be given to domestic violence victims, including furniture and washing machines.

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.

There also will be lunch served and a domestic violence panel discussion.

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

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