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Day of Unity marked with candlelight vigil

Soroptimist International of Carson Valley is promoting the

nationally designated month of October as Domestic Violence AwarenessMonth. To commemorate this event Soroptimist International and Family Support Council of Douglas County have joined together for the fifth annual “Day of Unity” candlelight walk and vigil on Oct. 7.

Soroptimist International of Carson Valley will host the



candlelight walk and vigil at Lampe Park at 7 p.m. Following bagpiper Rick James, with candle in hand, supporters will walk from the park to the Family Support Council parking area where refreshments will be served. The evening will continue with a commemorative program featuring Domestic Violence Ombudsman of the Attorney General Veronica Frenkel as

keynote speaker.




Frenkel functions as coordinator for the Nevada Corporate

Citizenship Initiative against Domestic Violence. She also acts as coordinator of the Nevada Law Enforcement Training Project. She conducts training, public education and media interviews throughout the state and is recognized nationally as an expert trainer and consultant on domestic violence issues. In addition, she acts as a coordinator and

facilitator of many of Nevada’s efforts at the state level to improve domestic violence prevention and intervention, through training, the formation of coordinating councils and committees, legislation and policy development. Her professional experience prior to joining the Attorney General’s Office includes 13 years of work in the area of

domestic violence, as a counselor, legal advocate, trainer, consultant, policy analyst, and community educator. Frenkel will be followed by other important dignitaries of the community. The event will close with the story of a domestic violence victim/survivor.

The Purple Ribbon Coalition is showing its support by releasing 40 doves to symbolize the freedom gained by the survivors of domestic violence and how the sky is the limit for any victim escaping an abusive relationship. The Purple Ribbon Coalition, composed of local members of

Kiwanis, Rotary, Sertoma and Soroptimist, joined together to provide additional awareness that many men, women and children of Douglas County are impacted by domestic violence.

For more information call Lynne Greene at (775) 782-8692.


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