Beaumont hosts ceremony and drives for domestic violence awareness
Domestic violence is one of the nation’s greatest health concerns. According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, one in every four women will experience domestic violence in her lifetime. Despite its prevalence, domestic violence is one of the most chronically underreported crimes.
To help raise awareness, a “Silent Witness Remembrance Service,” honoring domestic violence victims in Oakland, Macomb and Wayne counties, will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 10, 1:30 p.m., at Beaumont Hospital, Troy. The event will feature an address by the Honorable Lisa Gorcyca, Judge, Oakland County Circuit Court and former co-chair and member, Oakland County Coordinating Council Against Domestic Violence.
The ceremony will be held in the lower level classrooms adjacent to the Garden Café at Beaumont, Troy, 44201 Dequindre Road. The public is invited to attend.
This special remembrance ceremony, kicking off “National Domestic Violence Awareness Month,” will include reading the names and sharing the stories of Michigan women, children and men who lost their lives last year due to domestic violence. Life-size silhouettes known as “silent witnesses” will be displayed depicting the stories of the tragic deaths of domestic violence victims.
“Our hope is that this event will help create greater awareness of domestic violence throughout the community,” says Cathleen Meikle, R.N., co-chair of Beaumont’s Domestic Violence Committee. “We want to let victims know that they are not alone and that there is help available for them.”
In addition to the ceremony, donations of items, such as retail gift cards, food, toiletries, cellular telephones and household supplies, will be collected throughout October at Beaumont hospitals in Troy and Grosse Pointe. All items collected will be distributed to two local domestic violence shelters: HAVEN in Oakland County and Turning Point in Macomb County. Silent Witness silhouettes will be displayed throughout Beaumont Health System and in surrounding communities during October with statistics about the incidence of domestic violence in Michigan.