NKY event to bring awareness to domestic violence

BOONE COUNTY, KY (FOX19) - A Northern Kentucky event will help bring awareness to National Domestic Violence Awareness month in October with its 17th annual Day of Peace, held Friday, September 30th, from 11AM-1PM at the Carnegie Visual and Performing Arts Center located at 1028 Scott Blvd., Covington. The event is free to the public and includes lunch, and the local music group, Ellery, will perform.

The event theme this year is: "Be a Courageous Voice for Peace!" and focuses on generating awareness to the realities of both stalking and pet abuse—often hidden forms of dating/domestic violence. Keynote Speaker is Bridgett Wright, Northern Kentucky resident and survivor in the 2009 conviction of Russell Swigart, whom broke into Ms. Wright's residence and stabbed to death two of her cats. Ms. Wright turned her tragedy into an opportunity to raise awareness about the devastation caused by both stalking and pet abuse as a form of dating violence.

She is being recognized, at the event, for her advocacy efforts with the 2011 Amy Jones Advocacy Award. The planning committee will also recognize the Illusion Modeling Group from Holmes High School for their generosity in donating proceeds from their calendar sales toward ending domestic violence in NKY.

Day of Peace is an annual event held to promote peace and reduce violence in families, neighborhoods and schools in Northern Kentucky. Women's Crisis Center organizes the event, working collaboratively with several other agencies in Northern Kentucky including: Covington Independent Schools, Northern Kentucky Community Action/Youth Build, Family Nurturing Center, Chase College of Law- NKU, Kenton County Animal Shelter, The Point/ARC of NKY, Gateway Community and Technical College and the City of Covington.

For more information, please contact Tasha Wilder, Day of Peace Committee Chairperson,

Women's Crisis Center, 859-372-3572 or tashaw@wccky.org.

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