FORT WAYNE, Indiana (WANE) – October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and on Wednesday the YWCA of Northeast Indiana honored the victims, survivors and all those affected.
The organization threw purple carnations from the Wells Street Bridge into the St. Mary’s River to honor all those affected.
According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, about 20 people per minute are physically assaulted by their partner. Officials say domestic violence is one of the least reported crimes, so the more awareness they can bring, the better.
“With services, we are there to support people, to help them understand their options, to empower them, to know that they deserve a happy and healthy relationship. So reaching out just means you’re connected with the medium. We can help you discuss the situation through your options and it’s all free and confidential, ”said Jennifer Rohlf, director of empowerment at the YWCA of Northeast Indiana.
If you or someone you know needs help, call the Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Crisis Line at 800-441-4073.