"My daughter was murdered in 2004 from domestic violence and it's a hard thing to go through as a mom, even as a friend," says Lynn Atkinson of Williamstown. "We begged, we pleaded to get her to leave. She decided to leave and it was just a little bit too late."
Shining a light on an everyday issue.
"Programs like this have exposed domestic violence for what it is and people are more willing to come forward and tell us what has happened to them than ever before. "It's strictly because of people that support this type of a ceremony today," says Sgt. Greg Collins of the Parkersburg Police Department.
Lives shattered by domestic violence and support from those left behind.
"We've been doing the balloon release for about three years trying to do something a little bit different to bring awareness out to this cause and this issue," says Family Intervention Center executive director Emily Larkins. "I think it just takes time for all of us to get together, have a moment of silence to remember how severe domestic violence can affect people."
It's a sobering reality that more than three women are murdered each day in the united states by abusive husbands or boyfriends.
"This is a big deal for the city of Parkersburg and the Parkersburg Police Department," Collins says. "This is something that our officers deal with on a daily basis; it's a very serious problem."
Taking action for a future without violence.
"There is places to get help, that there are people who care and the ribbons; I think that they should be worn every day... if not on your body, I think on your window, on your car," says Atkinson. "Awareness should be every day and not just for a month."
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