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Contact: Heather Fagan 407.246.3423
Cassandra Lafser 407.246.2182
City of Orlando Hosts Domestic
Violence Awareness Event and Walk
As part of the It Takes Courage campaign, the City of Orlando is
hosting the annual Orange County Domestic Violence Task Force Awareness
walk on Saturday, October 1. The event will officially kick off Domestic
Violence Awareness Month and help to increase public awareness and
promote prevention activities throughout October.
The event will feature presentations by the Orange County Domestic
Violence Task Force, Harbor House and other partner agencies concerning
domestic violence awareness. The event will conclude with a march
against domestic violence around Lake Eola Park.
About It Takes Courage
The It Takes Courage campaign was launched on August 23 by
Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer, Police Chief Rooney and Harbor House in an
effort to address the dramatic rise of incidences of domestic abuse in
the City of Orlando, over the last three years. This campaign seeks to
educate the community on the warning signs of domestic abuse, to empower
survivors to take control of their lives and create safer communities.
Also, the second Project Courage neighborhood initiative is occurring
within the City of Orlando in the Ivey Lane and Malibu Groves area.
About Orange County Domestic Violence Task Force
The Orange County Domestic Violence Task Force (OCDVTF) was formed to
increase public awareness of domestic violence issues; to support and
conduct research on domestic violence issues; to support and conduct
primary prevention activities; to increase public awareness of domestic
violence issues; to provide research and information to diverse entities
about the needs of organizations that serve or advocate for survivors of
domestic violence; and to sponsor reports, meetings and workshops for
supporting agencies on domestic violence issues.
About Harbor House
Harbor House is Orange County's only state-certified domestic violence
facility and seeks to eliminate domestic violence in Central Florida by
providing safety, shelter, empowerment, education and justice. Harbor
House provides safe shelter, a 24-hour crisis hotline, counseling, and
emotional support, and legal advocacy for thousands of domestic violence
survivors and their children each year. Harbor House also prepares
survivors for re-entry into the community - connecting them to resources
that will enable them to live independently, safely and peacefully.
For more information about Harbor House and the Orange County Domestic
Violence Task Force, please visit their websites:
Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer
Orlando Police Chief Paul Rooney
Carol Wick; Chief Executive Officer of Harbor House
Dr. Anthony Davis, Sr.; Orange County Domestic Violence Task Force Chair
Saturday, October 1, 2011 at 9:00 am.
Lake Eola Park Amphitheatre