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Among the fall colors festooning Oxford County in October, one won’t be visible in the trees. It will be the color purple as we once again observe Domestic Violence Awareness Month.
The Oxford County Domestic Violence Task Force is coordinating a series of events around the county to raise the awareness of our citizens to the prevalence of domestic abuse in our communities. In the course of our lifetimes, each one of us will come in contact with a victim of domestic abuse, be it a family member, friend, co-worker or neighbor.
The Task Force believes we all have a responsibility to speak out against these crimes and to build communities that are intolerant of their existence.
Here are some events that will be happening in our area this month:
On Friday, October 4, the Aging Well Conference will be held at Sunday River. There will be information available on Elder Abuse.
On Monday, October 7 at 6 p.m. vigils will be held “Standing Up, Speaking Out” at Nancy Smith Memorial Garden behind Swift River Health Care Center in Rumford and at the Town Square in Norway, across from the Opera House.
On Wednesday, October 9 “Health Cares about Domestic Violence” displays will be placed at Stephens Memorial Hospital, Rumford Hospital and Bethel Family Health Center.
On Saturday, October 12 at 10:30 a.m., the second annual Oxford County Walk to End Domestic Violence will take place during the Pumpkinfest in Rumford.
Diane Gallagher said the walk will leave from the Island and people will walk up and around the library and down the river path – a distance of about a mile. Along the way, there will be factoids and information highlighting resources within the community and other information.
Also on this walk, there will be a scavenger hunt with balloons and signage along the way – and when the walker completes the scavenger hunt, they can return to the OCDVTF booth for a prize.
Gallagher thanked Rumford Police Chief Stacy Carter for coming up with most of these ideas.
Wednesday, October 16 will be “Wear Purple Day” to visibly raise awareness of domestic violence.
On Saturday, October 19, the Health and Happiness Fair will be held at Oxford Hills Comprehensive High School from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Information will be available at the fair
Local businesses are also involved in these events.
In the River Valley and Norway-Paris-Oxford area, “Paint the County Purple” contests for best display window will be judged on Thursday and Friday, October 3 and 4. Mexico Wal-Mart will have a purple tree and display all month that will have suggestions for donations to SafeVoices.
Other events will be going on as well. Check with the SafeVoices facebook page or their website for updates.
Remember, we have the power to act. End the Silence. Stop the Violence.
For more information about the Oxford County Domestic Violence Task Force, contact Diane at 364-9908 or email@example.com
If you or someone you know needs assistance, call:
Safe Voices: 24 hour-free and confidential helpline 800-559-2927, www.safevoices,org;
Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Services: 800-871-7741, www.Sapars.org;
Or contact your local police department: 9-1-1 for emergency only.