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YWCA offers events to counter violence

The YWCA Northeast Indiana kicks off Domestic Violence Awareness Month in October with a series of events.

Tuesday: Gather at the Y’s offices, 1610 Spy Run Ave., at 5 p.m. After a brief performance, participants will walk to the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Bridge and throw a flower into the St. Marys River for each person affected by domestic violence this past year. No RSVP is necessary.

Oct. 7-11: Colleges, businesses and other organizations will use colored chalk to create sidewalk billboards to raise awareness about domestic violence. To participate, contact Jennifer Berning at 424-4908, ext. 243, or

Oct. 14-18: Each day, the YWCA will select a recipient who exemplifies excellence in advocacy for domestic violence, empowerment of women, racial justice, Junior Hope Award, and child advocacy. For more information about nominations, go to or contact Sydney McKerr at 424-4908, ext. 287, or

Oct. 23: The YWCA will host a noon discussion on the potential connection between gun violence and intimate partner violence. Free and open to the public. Go to or the Y’s Facebook page for more information. RSVP to Sue Hiatt at 424-4908, ext. 254, or

All month: Schools and libraries throughout the Y’s six-county area will read stories about peace and non-violence. Contact YWCA Northeast Indiana or your local library for more information.

– Journal Gazette