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DVCC hosts 2014 'March to End the Silence on Domestic Violence'

DVCC 2014 March to End the Silence of Domestic Violence
Posted at 11:45 PM, Sep 24, 2014
and last updated 2014-09-25 18:25:03-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) - The issue of domestic violence has been a major topic in the media lately, as high profile athletes such as Ray Rice, Ray McDonald, and Greg Hardy have brought attention to the matter.

Domestic violence awareness month is right around the corner beginning in October, but local community members are already raising awareness.

The Domestic Violence Coordinating Council (DVCC) of Tallahassee has been raising awareness about domestic violence for more than 15 years.

Wednesday the group held its annual 'March to End the Silence on Domestic Violence' event. It included three marches, from FAMU, FSU and the Capitol. All three marches convened at the Turnbull Conference Center, where participants listened to a domestic violence survivor speaker and enjoyed a free dinner.

Kelly O'Rourke, the event organizer, hoped participants learned how to help someone dealing with domestic violence.

"One of things we're focusing on tonight is what to do if you see a friend in a dangerous situation," said O'Rourke. "How do you help...especially with all the things going on publicly - people are always saying, why didn't she leave? What's going on? How do we help her? So that's one of the big questions we're going to answer here tonight."

Locally there are a few places to reach out for help. They include the Refuge House, Oasis Center for Women and Girls, and DVCC.

WTXL ABC27 evening anchor Abbey Maurer was the emcee for the event.