Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Please mark your calendars and join the Shelter for Help in Emergency this October for a series of events designed to spark discussion, bring awareness, and honor those whose lives have been affected by domestic violence.

We begin Monday, October 2nd, at the Freedom of Speech wall located on Charlottesville’s Downtown Mall.  Staff and volunteers will be available that day to answer your questions about domestic violence and provide resources. Join us and write your own message of support on the chalkboard.

Our 27th annual Candlelight Vigil will be held on Monday, October 2nd, at 7pm in Justice Park. The Charlottesville Women’s Choir will uplift us with their voices as we honor victims and survivors of domestic violence. A reading of names will take place for the 78 victims in our community who lost their lives to domestic violence since 1979.

Each Wednesday during October we will hold a Brown Bag Lunch Series from 12noon to 1pm at our Community Outreach Center. These brief educational presentations serve to highlight specific issues faced by domestic violence victims and their children. All are free and open to the public; we encourage you to bring your own lunch and take part in these informative discussions.

Our annual Peace on Earth Begins at Home Art Contest is an exciting opportunity for youth to join in the discussion on what a healthy relationship looks like. The grand prize winner will have their artwork showcased on both our 5K race t-shirt and our 2018 notecards.

We will wrap up the month with our 21st annual 5K Run/Walk for Shelter on  Saturday, November 4th. The run/walk begins on Charlottesville’s Downtown Mall at 8am. Each participant receives a long sleeve cotton t-shirt and an opportunity to win one of our fabulous grab-bag prizes. Download a 2017 5K registration form.  Register online.  See the 5K race map.