Domestic Violence Awareness Project taking place this month in West Valley City

Published: Monday, Oct. 7 2013 3:46 p.m. MDT

WEST VALLEY CITY — As part of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, more than 40 men, women, children and infants, all victims of domestic violence since 1980, will be represented in a Silent Witness display at West Valley City Hall.

The display begins this week and runs through Oct. 17, as part of the city’s “Shine a Light, Be a Light” project, raising awareness about domestic violence and encouraging the community to "be a light" for victims and survivors.

Also, West Valley City’s Victim Services Office will host a walk for awareness Tuesday. The walk will begin on the central outdoor plaza at Valley Fair Mall, 3601 S. 2700 West, at 5:30 p.m. and will proceed across 2700 West to West Valley City Hall. A brief program will follow at 6 p.m., featuring Police Chief Lee Russo.

Domestic Violence Awareness Month evolved from the first Day of Unity observed in October 1981 by the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence. The intent was to connect battered women’s advocates across the nation who were working to end violence against women and their children. The Day of Unity soon became a week when a range of activities were conducted at local, state and national levels.

For more information about West Valley City Victim Services and Domestic Violence Awareness Month, call 801-963-3223.

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