"Silent no more" rally discusses domestic violence

The Crisis Center and Women's Shelter held the "Silent No More" rally in Central Park Wednesday afternoon./KTVO

The Crisis Center and Women’s Shelter served up a free lunch of pulled pork, chips and cookies at Central Park in Ottumwa Wednesday. But, more importantly, they talked about domestic violence and taught people how to help prevent it

“We want to bring awareness so that we can work together to end violence in the lives of women and children,” said Crisis Center Executive Director Lorraine Uehling.

Surrounding Central Park, the Crisis Center put up wooden silhouettes of women and children. On them were personal stories of women who have died from domestic violence as well as statistics. According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, more than 10 million Americans are abused every year.

“This is a community problem. It’s a state problem, it’s county problem. It’s our culture and we need to work together to end it,” Uehling said.

Studies show that domestic violence between partners can even have negative effects on children. The Crisis Center works with families, victims and even perpetrators of violence to help put an end to this. Uehling says she hopes the attendees cam learn about the center and domestic violence, and ultimately share the information to help people in need.

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