Sheriff Curtis Brame R. Brame and the Vance County Sheriff’s Office is teaming up with Clearview Church in Henderson to provide a program designed to remember victims of domestic violence as well as to raise awareness within the community about a problem that is all-too-prevalent.
The public is invited to the third annual “Think Community” event, set for Saturday, Oct. 23 at 3 p.m., according to Debbie Scott, domestic violence coordinator and gang resource specialist with the Vance County Sheriff’s Office.
This event is all about collaboration, she told Bill Harris on Thursday’s The Local Skinny! segment.
Raleigh’s new police chief, Estella Patterson, is scheduled to be the keynote speaker, Scott said, and the event will pay special tribute to a young woman – a survivor of domestic violence – who also happens to be a poet. Special musical guests will be Roy Burroughs & Work in Progress.
Domestic violence affects the whole community, she said, adding that this event can help community members learn how to spot signs of domestic violence and better deal with the associated challenges.
It’s so important to break the silence of domestic violence, she said, to alleviate the stigma and the shame that victims may feel.
“It’s about everybody,” Scott noted. “This challenge is not just a survivor’s issue – it’s a community issue.
It’s community sponsors like Betty B’s, the Optimist Club, Salvation Army and Vance-Granville Community College and others who help make this annual event a success. October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month and Scott thanked the sponsors and Dr. Abidan Shah, pastor of Clearview Church, for their ongoing support.
Clearview Church is located at 3485 Hwy 158 Business, Henderson, NC 27537.
For more information contact Scott at 252.738.2235 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.