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Domestic Violence Awareness Month

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Thanks to the dedication and hard work by hundreds of our community members and supporters in recognition of October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month, information about domestic violence, once again, is permeating Fairfield County. Over 100separate events and activities throughout our area have provided awareness and information about intimate partner violence and about DVCC's services. Domestic Violence Task Forces and Partnerships in Weston, Wilton, Westport and New Canaan have hung purple ribbons throughout their towns and held awareness events in their schools, town halls and train stations. Darien's Domestic Abuse Partnership offered up an original and moving event, in which 124 butterflies were released in recognition of the 124 domestic calls to Darien police during the past year. Under sunny skies at the Darien Nature Center, adults and youngsters alike held the tiny boxes from which the butterflies slowly awoke and took flight. In the weeks

Margi Anderson and Karen Joelson, members of the Darien Domestic Abuse Partnership, sell tickets to sponsor butterflies in front of Palmer's Market. prior to the event, the DDAP also raised nearly $4,000 to help provide services to victims of domestic abuse.   The Fairfield County Women's Center at Norwalk Community  College sponsored a week-long display of the Silent Witness exhibit in the NCC East Campus atrium. The exhibit consists of 13 life-size silhouettes, with names, ages and stories attached. Eleven of the figures represent real women who were killed by their partners in acts of domestic violence in Connecticut in 1996. The 12th figure represents the uncounted number of women whose deaths were not accurately recognized as being caused by domestic violence. The 13th figure stands for battered women whose lives remain at risk.   Additionally, members of NCC's Women's Club sponsored an event promoting non-violence, during which they created a huge "Hands Are Not For Hitting" banner.   Stamford Hospital sponsored a presentation on workplace wellness on October 12 and provided information and awareness about intimate partner violence at the Tully Health Center.   "The ongoing support from the Fairfield County Women's Center at NCC, from its director, Dr. Bernice Marie-Daly, and from all of our partners at Stamford Hospital has had an enormous impact on our ability to inform the community," said Susan Delaney, DVCC's Director of Medical Advocacy and PeaceWorks education. "The DVCC deeply appreciates the many volunteers and advocates throughout all of our communities who raise awareness about domestic violence and support for our agency."