Roads to Peace
Domestic Violence Victim Remembrance
Each year, in October, advocates, survivors and supporters recognize October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM).
This year Roads to Peace joins NNEDV in the #Every1KnowsSome1 Month-Long National Campaign to Raise Awareness About Domestic Violence
Roads to Peace is partnering with the National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV) and other state and territorial coalitions across the nation to start a coordinated national conversation about domestic violence and how we can all contribute to changing the narrative on this overshadowed, but fundamental topic.
More prevalent than most realize, one in four women and one in seven men will experience domestic violence in their lifetimes. Anyone, regardless of gender, race, sexual identity or orientation, or socio-economic status, can become a victim of domestic violence. This year’s campaign theme, #Every1KnowsSome1, strives to highlight how common domestic violence is and that it is more than physical violence.
Throughout October, we will be sharing content on our social media platforms to help raise awareness and educate the public on the complex dynamics of domestic violence. A week of action is planned for October 18 – 24, 2021 designed to engage advocates, partners, and the public in starting a national conversation.
Free and confidential help is available 24/7 for individuals experiencing domestic violence. Those seeking help may contact the National Domestic Violence Hotline at thehotline.org or 1.800.799.SAFE (7233) or Roads to Peace at Hotline: (570) 748-9509
The prevalence of domestic violence is never lost on those who work every day to serve survivors. For others, it can be easy to dismiss domestic violence as a private matter and overlook its widespread prevalence. But chances are likely you know someone who is experiencing or has experienced violence by an intimate partner or family member, even if you aren’t aware of it happening. As mentioned above, 1 in 4 women and 1 in 7 will experience domestic violence in their lifetimes. That’s why each year October is acknowledged as Domestic Violence Awareness Month. It provides an opportunity to raise awareness of domestic violence and what it is, how to recognize it, and what we can all do to collectively prevent it.
In Pennsylvania, we also dedicate the month of October to remember all victims whose lives were tragically cut short because of domestic violence. Last year in Pennsylvania, 141 women, children and men, ranging in age from under 1 to over 65, lost their lives to domestic violence.
“The lighting of this candle is to honor and remember those who lost their lives to domestic violence, those who have survived, and those still struggling to break free…”
Justina Smith - Age 27
Jon S. Smith, Jr. - Age 10
Jennifer L. Smith - Age 6
Justin M. Smith - Age 4
Charlaine "Pickles" Shank - Age 37
Christopher Shank - Age 16
Bernon Shank, Jr. - Age 14
Ryan Shank - Age 3
Leon "Andy" Andrus, Jr. - Age 37
Neva J. Askey - Age 31
B.C. - Age unknown
Evaline E. Shilling - Age 59
Lori Ann Spangler - Age 35
Susan Cashner Copenhaver - Age 46
Tiffany Zimmerman - Age 21
Nancy Meixel - Age 61
Dusty M. Kleese - Age 31
Jodi Warshaw - Age 36
Kelley Jo Snyder - Age 34
Rebecca Landrith - Age 47
All Unnamed/Unknown Victims of Domestic Violence
Light the candle by clicking on the image
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