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Refuge House Hosts Domestic Violence Awareness Event

Domestic Violence
Posted at 10:10 PM, Oct 21, 2014
and last updated 2014-10-21 18:20:28-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) - Community members gathered Tuesday at the Refuge House for a Domestic Violence Awareness Month event.

There, survivors and supporters talked about ways to raise awareness in the community as well as ways to eliminate the stigma surrounding domestic abuse.

The event also featured several community members, along with author Doctor Gwen Williams, who recently authored a book for domestic abuse survivors.Williams also spoke on the importance of removing that stigma.

"For so long it's been behind closed doors, and people are embarrassed to talk about it and to even hear about it," said victim advocate Dr. Gwen Williams. "And as I look behind me and I see all the people that are here, it gives me some excitement to know that the word is actually getting out and that people can help."

The event organizers also wanted to remind all those who attended that domestic violence was not just a physical act either, there are other forms of abuse that can also impact men and women.