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October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month

The Domestic Violence Service Center (DVSC) will host the annual “An Empty Place at the Table” display on Thursday, October 3 in the Rotunda of the Luzerne County Courthouse at noon.
The Domestic Violence Service Center (DVSC) will host
the annual “An Empty Place at the Table” display on Thursday, October 3 in the Rotunda of the
Luzerne County Courthouse at noon.
Keynote speaker for the event will be Cecilia Galante, author and domestic violence survivor.
Galante who resides in Kingston, will speak on behalf of survivors and of her own experience
with domestic violence as she wrote about in her book Hershey Herself. Author of mid-teen
and children’s story books, Galante holds a MFA in Creative Writing from Goddard College.
“Hershey Herself was inspired by a brief stay at a battered women’s shelter in Long Island,
New York, where I lived for three months with my newborn daughter. It was a rough haul, but
the women I met at that shelter changed my life, haunting me for years afterward with their
heartbreaking courage. It was their voices that demanded to be heard, chronicled and recorded
on paper so that I would not forget what it was I had endured, and what I would never again
endure in the future”, said Galante
DVSC annually presents “An Empty Place at the Table” in conjunction with Domestic Violence
Awareness Month to remember and honor victims who have tragically lost their lives as the
result of domestic violence.
Since 1987, October has been nationally recognized as Domestic Violence Awareness Month.
That same year marked the launch of the first national domestic violence toll-free hotline. In
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his proclamation delivered on October 3, 2012, President Obama explained: “During Domestic
Violence Awareness Month, we recognize the significant achievements we have made in
reducing domestic violence in America, and we recommit ourselves to the important work still
before us. Despite tremendous progress, an average of three women in America dies as a result
of domestic violence each day. One in four women and one in thirteen men will experience
domestic violence in their lifetime. These statistics are even more sobering when we consider
that domestic violence often goes unreported.”
Since 1976, the Domestic Violence Service Center (DVSC) has been providing quality services
to battered and homeless women and their children. For more information on the Domestic
Violence Service Center, Domestic Violence Awareness month events in your area, or to learn
how you can help to stop the cycle of abuse, please visit www.domesticviolenceservice.org or
call 1-800-424-5600.
 
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