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'Purple Light Walk' in OTR aims to draw attention to domestic violence

OVER THE RHINE, OH (FOX19) -

Dozens teamed up Friday night in Over-the-Rhine to march against domestic violence.
 
It was all a part of the third annual Purple Light Walk.  It’s an event designed to raise awareness about the issue of domestic violence as October is known as Domestic Violence Awareness Month. 

"One in three women in this country are abused at some point in their lifetime,” said President and CEO of the YWCA of Greater Cincinnati Barbara Perez.

Clad in purple, gripping umbrellas and dodging raindrops through the evening, the goal is to cut those numbers.

"We want people to have a good time and know that they're not alone if they're going through a domestic violence situation and let them know that there is help,” said Ellen Newman with Women Helping Women.
 
Every person at the event has a different story to tell.  Maybe they’re a survivor. Maybe they just want to raise awareness and fight for change. Maybe domestic violence hits too close to home.

"She died November 9, 2014.  She was attacked October 8,” said Heather Randolph.  Her sister was a victim of domestic violence.

Her sister, Monica Weber-Jeter was a victim of domestic violence more than once, Randolph says.  She says her sister was strangled in early 2014.  Ten months later, there was a late night incident with her husband of 19 years at their home.  Monica died 32 days later.

"She was stabbed several times on October 8 and beaten,” Randolph said.

Her husband, Andre Jeter, is facing charges

Several of their young children were home at the time.  Jeter has since been found incompetent to stand trial, and will be back in court later this year.

"Our goal now is to get out and spread the word about how serious domestic violence is,” Randolph told FOX19 NOW.

As part of that, her family has started a petition for “Monica’s Law” to help strengthen certain domestic violence laws.

Purple Light Walk participants walked 1.5 miles through downtown and Over-the-Rhine donning purple to raise awareness after departing from Washington Park.

"We're just here to empower survivors and let them know that they're not alone,” Newman said.

As another way to combat the problem, the Hamilton County Court of Domestic Relations announced this week that they’re going to issue Civil Domestic Violence Protection Order wallet cards.

The cards will help domestic violence victims, as well as police.  The cards will contain vital information, including the name of the person ordered to stay away and identifying characteristics, names of protected persons and dates of issuance and expiration. 

The wallet card is meant to be a convenient way for domestic violence victims to provide evidence of a Civil Protection Order. 

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