Task Forces and Teen PeaceWorks groups across our communities have been busy during October building awareness about domestic violence and support for DVCC programs. The Darien Domestic Abuse Partnership supported the SACK and Teen PeaceWorks events at the high school, hung purple ribbons all over town and held its annual
Wings of Hope butterfly event, this year displaying paper butterflies as symbols of hope, freedom and unity for those impacted by domestic violence. A Purple Pinwheel Garden sprouted up in front of Vine Cottage in New Canaan and Purple Fridays offered information and awareness at New Canaan High School. Wilton hung purple ribbons, mounted awareness displays at its high school and held two bake sales to benefit Wilton Teen PeaceWorks and DVCC. And Wilton's Open House Gift Shop held its annual fundraiser in a day-long event to benefit DVCC. Weston chose another way to give back by spending a morning weeding and planting new shrubbery at the Norwalk SafeHouse. Later that day, members of the Weston Task Force and Weston Teen PeaceWorks moved on to Veteran's Park, where they spent the afternoon with children of DVCC clients playing soccer and implementing games and drills from a program called
Coaches Across Continents that focuses on teamwork, respect, gender equity, conflict resolution and social inclusion - another example of sports programs fostering positive social change!
DVCC thanks everyone who donated their time, creativity and dollars during October to help promote the fundamental right of all individuals to be safe in their personal relationships. Ray Rice and the NFL may have brought unprecedented national attention to the issue of domestic violence; but it is the dedicated members of our communities who worked hard to focus local attention long before anyone ever heard of Ray Rice and who will continue to do so long after memories of the Rice debacle fade.