HITTING HOME: County goes purple to support domestic violence awareness

COLUMBIA CITY — Soon the Whitley County Courthouse will be decorated in shades of purple for National Domestic Violence Awareness Month.October is the month set aside to spotlight the reality that domestic violence happens — even here in Whitley County.To launch the initiative, a proclamation will be read at the Courthouse Tuesday at 4:30 p.m. County Commissioners will come together for the proclamation and in support of the Whitley County Domestic Violence Task Force.“We wanted to involve the commissioners because this is a county issue, not just in Columbia City,” said Natalie Lewis, one of the task force’s directors. “We’ll be reaching out to schools across the county as well as talking with township trustees to ensure they understand that this kind of violence does happen here.”A workshop is slated for Oct. 9 from 8:30 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. at Eagles Nest Event Center that will teach those in attendance how to combat domestic violence.“This is an event that is open to the public, but especially relevant for those who want to stand with us against domestic violence,” Lewis said. “This is a community problem. We can only bring this to a grinding halt if we work together.”To read the rest of this story, see the Sept. 27 issue of The Post and Mail. Don't have a subscription? Call (260) 244-5153 or subscribe to our e-edition. For breaking news, sports updates and additional coverage, bookmark the homepage and find us on facebook and twitter.