“Flowers on the Lake” honors domestic violence victims in Gibson County

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October is domestic violence awareness month. Thursday, albion fellows  bacon center hosted an event to remember those affected by domestic violence in gibson county and offer help — to those who need it.
“When was the last time you heard someone say the victim of a robbery was probably lying? Or that a victim of bank fraud was probably looking for attention? You don’t,” said Albion Crisis Intervention Specialist Hannah Brewer.
In the last year in Gibson County, there have been 370 calls to law enforcement for domestic disturbances.
In the last year, 72 people in Gibson County have been charged with domestic battery.
Almost 250 people applied for some type of no contact or protective order.
In Lafayette Park, people gathered for “Flowers on the Lake” to remember those affected by domestic violence, and the victims who did not survive.
“Anytime we release any of our statistics, people seem to be a little alarmed…and appalled,” said Albion Crisis Intervention Specialist Becky Sawyer.
“If you’ve met at least 11 people over the span of your life, domestic violence has affected you,” Brewer said during her remarks.
After a performance by Gibson Southern’s choir and remarks by community officials, people came together to release flower petals to honor victims.
“I will speak up for those victims and survivors seeking help.”
Albion Fellows Bacon Center says they usually receive calls after an event like this. They encourage anyone who needs help to reach out.
“It’s easy to kind of put blinders on and pretend this isn’t happening in our communities, when it actually is,” said Sawyer.  

ALBION DOMESTIC VIOLENCE HOTLINE:
(812) 422-5622
Or visit their website here.

October is domestic violence awareness month. Thursday, albion fellows  bacon center hosted an event to remember those affected by domestic violence in gibson county and offer help — to those who need it.
“When was the last time you heard someone say the victim of a robbery was probably lying? Or that a victim of bank fraud was probably looking for attention? You don’t,” said Albion Crisis Intervention Specialist Hannah Brewer.
In the last year in Gibson County, there have been 370 calls to law enforcement for domestic disturbances.
In the last year, 72 people in Gibson County have been charged with domestic battery.
Almost 250 people applied for some type of no contact or protective order.
In Lafayette Park, people gathered for “Flowers on the Lake” to remember those affected by domestic violence, and the victims who did not survive.
“Anytime we release any of our statistics, people seem to be a little alarmed…and appalled,” said Albion Crisis Intervention Specialist Becky Sawyer.
“If you’ve met at least 11 people over the span of your life, domestic violence has affected you,” Brewer said during her remarks.
After a performance by Gibson Southern’s choir and remarks by community officials, people came together to release flower petals to honor victims.
“I will speak up for those victims and survivors seeking help.”
Albion Fellows Bacon Center says they usually receive calls after an event like this. They encourage anyone who needs help to reach out.
“It’s easy to kind of put blinders on and pretend this isn’t happening in our communities, when it actually is,” said Sawyer.  

ALBION DOMESTIC VIOLENCE HOTLINE:
(812) 422-5622
Or visit their website here.

October is domestic violence awareness month. Thursday, albion fellows  bacon center hosted an event to remember those affected by domestic violence in gibson county and offer help — to those who need it.
“When was the last time you heard someone say the victim of a robbery was probably lying? Or that a victim of bank fraud was probably looking for attention? You don’t,” said Albion Crisis Intervention Specialist Hannah Brewer.
In the last year in Gibson County, there have been 370 calls to law enforcement for domestic disturbances.
In the last year, 72 people in Gibson County have been charged with domestic battery.
Almost 250 people applied for some type of no contact or protective order.
In Lafayette Park, people gathered for “Flowers on the Lake” to remember those affected by domestic violence, and the victims who did not survive.
“Anytime we release any of our statistics, people seem to be a little alarmed…and appalled,” said Albion Crisis Intervention Specialist Becky Sawyer.
“If you’ve met at least 11 people over the span of your life, domestic violence has affected you,” Brewer said during her remarks.
After a performance by Gibson Southern’s choir and remarks by community officials, people came together to release flower petals to honor victims.
“I will speak up for those victims and survivors seeking help.”
Albion Fellows Bacon Center says they usually receive calls after an event like this. They encourage anyone who needs help to reach out.
“It’s easy to kind of put blinders on and pretend this isn’t happening in our communities, when it actually is,” said Sawyer.  

ALBION DOMESTIC VIOLENCE HOTLINE:
(812) 422-5622
Or visit their website here.

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(This story was originally published October 4, 2018)

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