Archive for Monday, July 26, 2010

Event supports women’s services

July 26, 2010


Each year the Willow Domestic Violence Center provides shelter to more than 250 women and children as well as counseling and support services to thousands more. Founded in 1976, WDVC was the first battered woman’s shelter in Kansas. One way the agency spreads awareness is through the annual Take Back the Night event.

Take Back the Night is an international effort to support survivors of sexual assault, rape and violence. This year’s event is set for 5 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 23, at South Park in Lawrence. The event includes entertainment, children’s activities, food vendors, speakers and displays from community organizations. Participants will also join in a march up Massachusetts Street to Watson Park, at Sixth and Kentucky streets, where a Speak-Out and Candle Light Vigil will take place.

The event is free and open to all ages.


George1McCasland 7 years, 9 months ago

I see that after 18 years, the shelter still turns away 39% of domestic violence victims who happen to be men, AND THEIR CHILDREN.

In 1990, new programs were instituted in Lawrence to address the problems of domestic violence. In the first year, over 50% of the arrests were women, mostly by female police officers. The response of the shelter to this was that it was a clear signal of how poorly trained the police were in not being able to recognize the true perpetrators of abuse. Here a story of a police officer involve in an abuse case in Platte Count, Mo.

Annette's Story: The Other Face Of Domestic Violence

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