To the editor:
October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, a nationally recognized month in which events are held in order to raise awareness and prevent the incidence of domestic violence. The Jeanne Geiger Crisis Center participated in a number of events that included:
Sept. 29 — “New Perspectives on Domestic Violence: A Community’s Response to Tragedy” was a discussion at Amesbury Friends Peace Center located at the Amesbury Friends Meeting. I was joined by Amesbury police Detective Robert Wile, where we met with 50 attendees to discuss how best to support domestic violence prevention and awareness in our community.
Oct. 6 — The Jeanne Geiger Crisis Center hosted its 22nd annual Walk Against Domestic Violence at Mark Richey Woodworking in Newburyport. Despite another year of rainy weather, over 500 people from our community banded together to help us not only achieve our financial goals but to also demonstrate that as a community, we stand together against domestic violence.
Oct. 27 — “Kids Pumpkin Patch Fun Run,” hosted by sixth-grade Immaculate Conception School student Maddie Dahn to engage local area youth in a costume fun run while raising money for the center’s Youth Prevention Programs. This inaugural event at Cashman Park was a success, with over 150 kids and parents gathered together in costumes to support the work of the Jeanne Geiger Crisis Center.
Oct. 28 — The Jeanne Geiger Crisis Center hosted Attorney General Martha Coakley, Speaker of the House Robert DeLeo, Essex County District Attorney Jonathan Blodgett, state Sen. Kathleen O’Connor Ives, state Rep. Michael Costello and local Amesbury officials to discuss issues surrounding domestic violence. The meeting provided an opportunity to present to and hear from Massachusetts state officials looking to strengthen state domestic violence laws in order to protect victims of domestic abuse and keep offenders behind bars.
I wanted to take this time to recognize the support and effort put forth by this community. We asked for the community to come together and make a strong statement against domestic violence, and you responded with your presence, your action and your financial support.