Flowers honor victims of domestic violence

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People toss flowers from the Martin Luther King Bridge to honor victims of domestic violence.

Staff report

Flowers floated in the eddy beneath the Martin Luther King Bridge after the first of several Domestic Violence Awareness events presented by the YWCA Northeast Indiana.

Flowers on the River on Oct. 2 honored those whose lives have been affected by domestic violence. After a short ceremony in a nearby park, a procession to Fourth and Clinton streets brought the ceremony to the St. Marys River. Each person tossed a flower at the moment of their choosing and left in silence.

Moring’s Flowers donated the flowers for this event.

Also in October, the YWCA is holding Chalk it up to Awareness. Community partners use sidewalk chalk to turn sidewalks into billboards featuring drawings of images, facts or quotes about domestic violence.

Libraries and schools throughout the YWCA’s six-county service area are using Peace Story Time to read stories and educate children on peace and nonviolence.

During Week Without Violence, Oct. 16-20, the YWCA Northeast Indiana recognized those who exhibit excellence in advocacy that reflects on the mission of eliminating racism, empowering women and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all. A winner is selected in each of five categories: Racial Justice, Domestic Violence Prevention and Intervention, Women’s Economic Empowerment, Child Advocacy and the Junior Hope Award. Visit ywca.org/NEIN for a nomination form, and for details on other October events.