Domestic Violence Awareness Month

During these days following the horrific loss of life in Las Vegas we mourn as individuals, communities and a nation. This most recent tragedy sadly brings the spot light to the violence against one another. In a time where we may feel helpless (or hopeless) to stop these acts I offer you one way to focus on creating peace in our homes, our workplaces, and our communities.

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month; so it seems appropriate this Saturday to participate in the Steps to Safety – Annual Run / Walk which will honor, support and remember victims of domestic violence.  This event is the only one of its kind as racers are allowed the unique opportunity to access an otherwise closed facility – the Department of Public Safety Standards and Training – aka the policy academy. Racers can choose to run or walk a 5k or 10k course that encompasses the entire scenic campus. Here are the details:

Saturday, October 7, 2017
9 AM 10K Run
9:30 AM 5K Run / Walk
Location: 4190 Aumsville Hwy, Salem 97317
To learn more about this event or register to participate please visit:

The event is sponsored by The Center for Hope and Safety which provides support and advocacy for victims of domestic violence, stalking, sexual assault and human trafficking with a 24-hour hotline, emergency shelter, counseling, and community education and outreach. Your participation will help to financially assist this wonderful agency and survivors in our community.

What you should know about domestic violence: 1 in 6 women will become a victim of domestic violence in their lifetime. Domestic violence is an escalating pattern of behavior in a relationship that is used to both create inequality and to gain or maintain power and control over an intimate partner or family member. It can happen to anyone regardless of age, sexual orientation, religion, or gender.

As I prepare to walk on Saturday please join me too in prayer for the victims, the families and friends, and the first responders of the Las Vegas tragedy.

With a heavy heart,