In recognition of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, the City of Irving will host Illuminate Irving, a free, family-friendly event for the entire community 5:30 to 7 p.m. Oct. 18. Illuminate Irving will honor domestic violence victims, as well as friends and families of those touched by this pervasive crime. The goal for the event is dual-purpose: awareness and education for the community, and support and healing for victims.
“Many of us know someone who has experienced a form of domestic violence,” said Irving Mayor Beth Van Duyne. “We need to look past the stigma and start talking about how and where to get help.”
The evening of remembrance and hope will take place from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Oct. 18 at 200 E. Las Colinas Blvd., along Irving’s Mandalay Canal, where victims and their families will launch lanterns on the canal’s waters, each bearing the name of a person whose life has been affected by domestic violence.
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“We are asking the entire Irving community to attend this event to learn more about the dynamic behind domestic violence,” said Irving Chief of Police Larry Boyd. “We want victims, their friends and families, and our entire community to know there is help available and that help leads to hope.”
The Irving Police Department and the Irving Family Advocacy Center, which partner to assist victims, say education and awareness are key to understanding the many forms of domestic violence.
“Name-calling and put-downs can signal the beginning of what will become a violent relationship, and can be just as damaging emotionally as a hit or a punch,” Boyd said. “People need to recognize the signs of domestic violence so they can address it quickly and get help.”
The Irving Family Advocacy Center brings together a variety of free resources for Irving residents who need help, including counseling services for victims of domestic violence and their family members. Group counseling and education classes are offered for parenting, anger management and domestic violence. Play therapy is provided for children who are victims of abuse or who have witnessed domestic violence.
- 1 in 3 women will be a victim of domestic abuse
- 1 in 4 women will be a victim of violent abuse
- 1 in 7 men will be victimized in his lifetime
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