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Domestic violence awareness

TERESA MILLS-FARAUDO

An empty place setting sits alone at a table in the Truckee Library. The scene represents the domestic violence victim who couldn’t make it to their place at the table.

In support of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, place settings have been set up at various locations in the community signifying a domestic violence victim who, whether through death, hospitalization or life-threatening circumstances, is no longer in the home and cannot take their place at the table. The display is in memory of approximately 4 million women and children who are victims of domestic violence each year in the United States.

Other locations these displays can be found are First Security Bank and the Incline Village Library in Incline Village, California State Automobile Association in Kings Beach and in Truckee at Bank of the West.

The place settings also have personal items such as photos of the victim’s children, said Christine Langa of Tahoe Women’s Services.

“This has been one of the most powerful things that we’ve done,” Langa said.

There are also children’s’ settings since many of them are victims of domestic violence, she said.

Tahoe Women’s Services has other events and projects going on this month.

On Saturday, Tahoe Women’s Services is hosting a domestic violence awareness event at the North Tahoe Conference Center from 6 to 9 p.m. The event will include live music, food, a discussion of domestic violence’s impact on the community, a display of the Clothesline Project and a special performance by an African Dance Troop.

The religious community has also brought about some awareness.

The topic is being presented through information in weekly church bulletins, prayers throughout the month for families and individuals touched by domestic violence and/or discussing domestic violence and anger management during the sermons, Langa said.

Tahoe Women’s Services also asked area radio stations to dedicate a song each day or week to the men, women and children whose lives have been affected by domestic violence. Information on Tahoe Women’s Services help number and a brief message have been included in the announcement.

About two weeks ago flowers were hand-delivered to law enforcement and other organizations that have helped Tahoe Women’s Services with a small card reading, “I’m sorry dear. It will never happen again.” Inside, there was an invitation to the healing event this Saturday. The flowers were donated by High Sierra Gardens in Incline Village.

Lastly, purple ribbons for Domestic Violence Awareness have been distributed to at least 25 local businesses and public service agencies throughout Incline Village, Kings Beach, Truckee and Tahoe City.

“This year we really wanted to reach out to the Hispanic community,” Langa said. “So we approached places that have a lot of traffic and we’re also giving out Spanish bookmarks.”

One of Tahoe Women’s Services’ goals this year was to try and reach everyone on domestic violence issues, she said.

“What we wanted to do is to organize it so that where ever people went throughout the month they can’t help but hear that it’s Domestic Violence Awareness Month,” Langa said.


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