At any given time in Sudbury, Wayland, Lincoln and other similar towns there are twenty to forty restraining orders in effect, indicating a judge has found significant evidence of violence. On any given day in our country, four to six girls and women lose their lives due to intimate partner violence. The proportional rate is even higher for other under-represented genders.
October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month and this year the Sudbury-Wayland-Lincoln Domestic Violence Roundtable will once again partner with the First Parish in Wayland, and the Lauren Dunne Astley Foundation to Shine a Light on the issues related to domestic and break up violence. Purple signifies courage and compassion, and purple lights will illuminate religious and civic buildings in Sudbury, Wayland, and Framingham at various locations throughout the month. In addition, community members are invited to join us by placing purple light bulbs in their window fixtures, lamp posts or porch lights. Local hardware stores are a good source for purple bulbs which fit regular sockets.
In Wayland, on Tuesday, October 5, walks will commence from several points in the town arriving at First Parish in Wayland, Unitarian Universalist, 225 Boston Post Road, Wayland for the Shine a Light Vigil at 7pm. For more information, please go to www.domesticviolenceroundtable.org. for an announcement of the walk locations.
The traumas of domestic violence are harmful and long lasting, and we continue to seek community support in building awareness of the signs and causes of relationship violence and sources of possible support and safety. The Roundtable continues to work towards the creation of a more caring and equitable society that does not tolerate violence or any person’s domination of another, be it in relation to gender, race, religion, sexual orientation, geographic region, or economic status.
If you are concerned you or someone in your life might be experiencing relationship abuse, local support can be found here: