October is when us at the YWCA work diligently to spread information about abuse and our Wise Options services during Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Domestic violence affects countless people across the country but often times its a taboo topic. We are here to talk about it boldly and openly in order to help those who are suffering in silence.
On Oct. 5 our staff will be at First Friday along West Fourth Street and Pine Square in downtown Williamsport. We will be talking to the community about domestic violence and our services such as counseling, legal accompaniment, our 24/7 hotline (1-800-326-8483) and emergency shelter.
On Wednesday, Oct. 17 is our annual vigil honoring the individuals in Lycoming County who had their lives taken due to domestic violence. Starting at 5 p.m. in front of the Lycoming County Courthouse, we tell their stories and light candles in the victims’ memory. We also set up a display called “Empty Place at the Table” which has a table setting for each victim.
The Lycoming County Commissioners will make a declaration on Oct. 18 during their 10 am meeting.
Wise Options and Liberty House staff will be walking in the Mummer’s Parade at 2 p.m. on Oct. 20 in South Williamsport. Look out for us! We will be in purple.
Together we can believe survivors, provide safety for victims and educate the community about domestic violence.