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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 jberning@ywcaerew.org.

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 www.ywca.org/HopeAwards or contact Sydney McKerr at 424-4908, ext. 287, or smckerr@ywcaerew.org.

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 www.ywca.org/NEIN or the Y’s Facebook page for more information. RSVP to Sue Hiatt at 424-4908, ext. 254, or shiatt@ywcaerew.org.

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

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