Annual “Hour Of Remembrance” For Domestic Violence Victims Is Friday, Oct. 16th

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Friday, Oct. 16, has been set aside for the annual “Hour of Remembrance,” an event that seeks to honor the six South King County victims of domestic violence between 2007 and 2008, as well as the 430 people killed due to domestic violence in Washington State between January of 1997 and June or 2008.

The Hour of Remembrance will take place from Noon – 1pm at the Tukwila Community Center (12424 42nd Ave S.).  This is the second time the Domestic Abuse Women’s Network (DAWN) is holding the event.

“Please join us in commemorating victims of domestic violence and stand with us to declare that they will not be forgotten.  Because survivors often turn to friends and neighbors for assistance, this year we will also be focusing on ways to strengthen our response to domestic violence. Specifically, we will highlight the action steps we can all take to make a difference,” said DAWN’s Director, Lee Drechsel.

In King County’s 2008 Fatality Review, 55% of the domestic violence victims had told a neighbor about the abuse they were experiencing. This finding is higher than the number of victims who sought Protection Orders or who called police to report the violence.

These are stark numbers in a time of ever-declining budgets in King County. In fact, the proposed budget for King County includes an 80% proposed cut for domestic violence and sexual assault.

“The numbers don’t lie. We have a problem in this county, and now is not the time to take away critical county funding,” said Drechsel.

After the hour, DAWN will present Ankita Patel, a Washington State Coalition Against Domestic Violence staff member and a co-author of the 2008 Fatality Review, to present on the recommendations related to community prevention and intervention.  Many of the findings provide additional, in-depth recommendations for responding effectively to the added barriers faced by women of color, which is especially needed in addressing the specific needs of survivors in SKC.

“On October 16, we encourage people to join us for a moment in remembering those have died from domestic violence,” said Drechsel. “It is just one hour to you – what an amazing way to spend that hour, remembering others who are gone.”

For more information on DAWN, visit their website here.

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