STROUDSBURG, MONROE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) – When passing through Courthouse Square in Stroudsburg, it’s hard to miss the bright purple pinwheels.
“They’re definitely eye catching,” says Charis Bybee of Stroudsburg.
There’s 809 pinwheels, to be exact. Each represents an adult or child who escaped domestic violence last year and found hope at Women’s Resources of Monroe County.
“They came in for services, received counseling, called our hotline, or came into shelter,” explains Lauren Peterson, Executive Director of Women’s Resources of Monroe County.
Lauren Peterson is the Executive Director of Women’s Resources of Monroe County. She says one in three people experience domestic violence which could be physical, sexual or emotional abuse.
Peterson adds, “there’s so many more people out there we know we aren’t reaching.”
Peterson says domestic violence numbers are growing. But there aren’t more incidents. More victims are finding the courage to come forward.
“Having these kinds of displays out there allow people to help identify themselves,” Peterson adds.
The pinwheels are a mobile memorial that will be moved throughout Monroe County to raise awareness and show domestic violence victims they aren’t alone.
Julieane Fry is an Assistant District Attorney in Monroe County. She says to prosecute domestic violence cases, working with Women’s Resources is key.
“They help us with getting our victims on board with prosecutions where they’re going to have to come in and talk about stuff they aren’t in any way comfortable with talking about,” Fry explains.
As a county detective, Wendy Serfass has worked many domestic violence cases. But she says due to lack of funding, there’s no law enforcement officer in the county dedicated only to domestic violence cases.
Serfass adds, “when you go to the hospital, you don’t just go to the hospital and get sent home. You stay in the hospital for sometimes days until your well. We’re not healing our victims. We’re fixing them, and sending them off.”
The pinwheel memorials’ next stop is the Mountain Center in Tobyhanna.
This is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month and purple is the color to represent it.