NEWBURYPORT — The Jeanne Geiger Crisis Center will host its 28th annual Walk Against Domestic Violence on Sunday, Oct. 6, as part of Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

Beginning at 8 a.m., area residents and friends are invited to meet in Waterfront Park behind Firehouse Center for the Arts at 1 Market Square, with the 3-mile walk beginning at 9 a.m. Registration for the walk is $35 and includes a T-shirt. Team prizes will be awarded to those who have raised the most funds.

The annual walk is a critical fundraiser for the center, allowing it to continue its decades of work with individuals and families at risk due to domestic violence. The proceeds benefit the continuation of the center's 24-hour emergency hotline, crisis counseling for adults and children, legal representation and homicide reduction, just to name a few.

After working with the center, one survivor shared that she and her son experienced deep healing while developing coping skills, noting “Over the past year you have helped my son and I build a trust and communication with each other. You have been supportive in every way and I am truly grateful.”

"The annual Walk Against Domestic Violence is crucial for our fundraising," said Suzanne Dubus, the center's CEO. "Last year, we provided free advocacy, clinical and legal help to 1,339 survivors of domestic violence. We also worked with 1,141 young people through our prevention and empowerment programs in area schools. I am so grateful for the support of our local community, and I look forward to walking alongside the people that help make these programs happen."

Walkers are encouraged to register at jeannegeigercrisiscenter.org and track pledges on a personalized fundraising page. Participants of all ages are welcome.

For details about the center, call 978-465-0999 or visit jeannegeigercrisiscenter.org. The 24-hour confidential crisis hotline is 978-388-1888.

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