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‘SILENCE THE VIOLENCE’: Downtown decorations promote violence awareness

October 2, 2013

Columbia City Mayor Ryan Daniel (right) and his wife Amanda work with a group of students and task force members to decorate the Whitley County Courthouse gazebo in recognition of National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Post & Mail photo / Christie Barkley

COLUMBIA CITY — Purple ribbons and banners were hung around the Whitley County Courthouse’s gazebo Tuesday in observance of National Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

Members of Columbia City High School’s Key Club and the Whitley County Domestic Violence Task Force joined County Commissioners in proclaiming the significance of this particular cause.

“This is important to our county. We need to get the word out,” said County Commissioner Don Amber. “Tell people what the purple stands for. That’s how we will make change.”

The downtown decorations will serve as a reminder throughout the month of October of the reality of domestic violence.

“This happens here in our county,” said Natalie Lewis, the task force’s director. “It’s a county problem that will only be stopped if we work together.”

In addition to the decorations, a workshop is slated for Oct. 9 from 8:30 to 3:15 p.m. at Eagles Nest Event Center.

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