October 8, 2013

Local women draw attention to domestic violence

Jessica Lane, Staff Writer,
The Express-Star


Two women made their way down Chickasha Ave., hanging purple ribbons to bring awareness to an often invisible problem. 

Malinda Treadaway, Executive Director and Kim Wagner, Administrative Assistant of the Women's Resource Center in Chickasha, hope to bring the problem of domestic violence to light. 

Oklahoma ranks third in the nation for homicides from domestic violence, Treadaway said. This is a huge jump from last year, when Oklahoma ranked 17. 

The Women's Resource Center joined others for the Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM) kickoff"Wear Purple Day" at the State Capitol in the Blue Room on Oct. 3. The "Wreath of Hope" (a wreath in the shape of a ribbon) was made of purple roses symbolizing those who have lost their lives to domestic violence. 

On Oct. 23, the red silhouettes are returning to the lawn of the Women's Resource Center. The red cutouts of women, men and children symbolize victims of domestic violence. Passersby can stop to read about these victims. Information about the victims is fixed to each cutout. 

The Silent Witness March will take place on Oct. 17, and Women's Resource Center Representatives will carry the cutouts in a silent march in honor of the victims on the south lawn of the state capitol. 

The problem of domestic violence impacts not only the victims, but families, children, schools the work place and more. 

"It affects everyday life, everything," Wagner said.