Three Halifax County natives have lost their lives to domestic violence since December, including Tearron Clayborn Medley on Dec. 9, Wendy Perkins on January 18 and Quanta Nashall Chandler on March 10.
"It's an unyielding effort by all of our community, domestic violence programs, elected leaders, and appointed leaders to make sure that the community understands we have to be vigilant and attentive, and we have to be responsive to the problem", said Nanci Kreidman, Domestic Violence Action Center CEO. "Nearly every person we interact with has a story or knows someone impacted by domestic violence and is grateful to have a simple way to get help for themselves or for someone they know". All programs and services are free and confidential, including emergency prevention education and empowerment programs.
They have information and referrals for other services such as legal service, financial help, counseling, housing, employment and medical care.
These are some of the warning signs of domestic abuse.
For the month of October, New Hope is having a photo contest where they are asking your group or company to all dress up in purple for domestic violence awareness, take a group photo and text it to 509-707-3945. They also have outstations in Othello, Mattawa, and Quincy and will come to other sides of Grant and Adams County if someone needs help and can not reach an office.
In Virginia, a total of 1,575 victims were served in one day during 2016, according to Taeshae Traynham, domestic violence sexual assault case manager for Tri-County Community Action Agency.
She told the gathering "the scars you don't see are the most visible".
Call the 24-hour hotline at 866- 934-4357.