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SafeNet Makes Plans to Commemorate Domestic Violence Awareness Month             

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month and SafeNet, Erie’s only accredited Domestic Violence Agency, will be bringing awareness to the residents of Erie County.

Domestic violence is at an epidemic level in this country. One in four women will experience domestic violence in their lifetime – that’s more than breast cancer, ovarian cancer and lung cancer combined.

Local commemorations will be held during the month.


If you see the red silhouettes, know that they tell a story.

The Silent Witness Project is a travelling exhibit of life-size red wooden silhouettes.  The silhouettes represent victims who have been killed by a partner or intimate acquaintance.  Because these women no longer have a voice, the silhouettes are called the Silent Witnesses.    The Silent Witnesses are on display in observance of Domestic Violence Awareness Month at locations TBD


The Silent Secret Conference is planned for Wednesday, October 11, 2017. The conference will be held from 8:00am-3pm at the Erie Maennerchor Club. The goal of the conference is to offer information on the types of abuse, the scope of the problem, the role health care providers play, and resources for victims. Medical personnel, social workers, counselors, and the public are invited to attend.

For a complete brochure, right click on the following.

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The 2017 Boo Run, “Run for the Ghoul”, will be held at Presque Isle State Park at the Rotary Pavilion (note new location) on Sunday, October 29.  Registration begins at 7:30 am.  The race starts at 9 am.

Participants are invited to dress in their favorite Halloween costume. Prizes will be awarded.

To register, right click on the following.

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But why should we commemorate a month for Domestic Violence?

The statistics are staggering. In addition to one in four people experiencing domestic violence nationally, it costs the economy $5.8 billion dollars a year in increased health care costs and decreased productivity. This is a serious problem both nationally and here in Erie.

SafeNet is a non-profit organization providing free confidential services including shelter, counseling, legal advocacy, and education to 2000 victims of domestic violence annually in Erie County.   Of the 500 individuals served each year with emergency shelter, half are children under the age of twelve.

From the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence website: “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 advocates across the nation who were working to end violence against women and their children. The Day of Unity soon became a special week when a range of activities were conducted at the local, state, and national levels.”



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