TORRINGTON — October in Torrington is annually marked by the Susan B. Anthony Project’s Domestic Violence Awareness events, and this year they continue, with a commemmorative wreath at City Hall, an art exhibit and a vigil at Coe Memorial Park.
According to SBAP, domestic violence is a pervasive and life-threatening crime affecting millions of individuals across the nation regardless of age, economic status, race, religion or education. Between 2000-2015, there were 222 intimate partner homicides in CT with an average of 14 per year. In that same time frame there were 3,600 occurrences of intimate partner violence with serious or near fatal injuries. Source: 2015-2016 Findings and Recommendations of the Connecticut Domestic Violence Fatality Review Committee, September, 2016.
Last year, SBAP provided safe housing for 56 adults and 46 children in its shelter and transitional housing programs. It helped 2276 men, women, and children in crisis. Domestic violence not only impacts victims but entire communities. SBAP also provided prevention education programs to 4,449 new school and camp participants.
During October, Susan B. Anthony Project is holding a variety of events to raise awareness on this issue.
Susan B. Anthony Project will hold its annual candlelight vigil at 6 p.m. on Oct. 23 at Coe Memorial Park in Torrington. Attendees will remember victims of domestic violence and celebrate those who have survived. The organization will also honor community members who have collaborated with and supported its work throughout the year. The public is welcome to attend.
An annual exhibit, the “Clothesline Project” will be displayed at Thomaston Public Library and at Beardsley & Memorial Library in Winsted, as well as on the Susan B. Anthony Project Facebook page www.facebook.com/sbaproject
“The Clothesline Project breaks the silence about violence against women and children by giving a voice to survivors and victims,” SBAP members said. “The display features t-shirts designed by survivors of domestic violence and those who have lost loved ones to domestic violence.”
Visit the Thomaston Public Library and Beardsley & Memorial Library throughout the month of October to see the display.
Founded in 1983, Susan B. Anthony Project promotes safety, healing and growth for all survivors of domestic and sexual abuse and advocates for the autonomy of women and the end of interpersonal violence.
The Torrington-based project provides free services in 20 towns in Litchfield County, ranging from a 24- hour hotline, individual counseling, support groups, court advocacy and community education. To find out more about SBAP services, call the 24 hour crisis hotline at 860-482-7133 or visit www.sbaproject.org