First observed in October 1981 as a national “Day of Unity,” Domestic Violence Awareness Month is held each October as a way to unite advocates across the nation in their efforts to end domestic violence. Community and advocacy organizations throughout the country connect with the public and one another in order to raise awareness about the signs of abuse, provide support information, and to uplift survivor stories while providing additional resources for leaders and policymakers.

As the sole provider for Domestic Violence services in Genesee County, the YWCA continuously strives to raise awareness of the prevalence and nature of intimate partner abuse. The YWCA offers safe housing for survivors and their children, supporting families on their path toward an independent, safe life of their own choosing. Staff continually maintains a 24-hour Domestic Violence crisis and information hotline that allows for ready assistance beyond traditional business hours.

In keeping with their mission to work tirelessly toward eliminating racism, empowering women and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all, the YWCA of Genesee County is excited to announce their first annual 5K event that will serve to highlight Domestic Violence Awareness Month while raising awareness about the ongoing need for domestic violence services in our community. The event is scheduled for Saturday, October 16, at the YWCA [301 North Street, Batavia, NY] with registration beginning at 8:30 AM and a 5K start time of 9:30 AM. “RUN until their voices are heard” is an opportunity for our community to come together in both support for survivors and in financial support for Domestic Violence Program services provided by the YWCA.

This competitive, yet community friendly, event will allow for either running or walking the 5K course with team and family registrations welcomed and encouraged! Local food vendors will also be on site for those looking to re-fuel. Registrations completed before October 1 are $25 and will secure an event T-shirt. Additional information is available by calling (585) 343-5808. Participants may register at http://runsignup.com/Race/NY/Batavia/RUNuntiltheirvoicesareheard .

Eve Graham

Case Manager

Domestic Violence Crisis and Prevention Services

YWCA of Genesee County

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