Walk As One
Domestic Violence Walk, Unity Day Planned Friday
For two decades the issue of domestic violence has taken center stage in a downtown Jamestown event aimed at raising awareness on the subject.
On Friday, the Chautauqua County Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault will host its 20th annual Walk Against Domestic Violence and 15th annual Unity Day event along Third Street and at the city hall building, respectively, beginning at noon.
As is the case every year the walk and Unity Day event are being held in early October, which is recognized as national Domestic Violence Awareness Month. The joint observations are presented as a means of sending a unified message that domestic violence will not be tolerated in the community.
Participants are asked to convene at Northwest Arena at approximately 11:45 a.m., and are encouraged to wear purple — as that is the color associated with domestic violence awareness. The walk will begin at noon, heading east along Third Street to the city hall building.
The Unity Day event will be held in the city hall lobby from 12:15-1 p.m. Proclamations will be read by Jamestown Mayor Sam Teresi and Chautauqua County Executive Vince Horrigan. Representatives of state Sen. Cathy Young and Congressman Tom Reed will also give readings, and state Assemblyman Andy Goodell will attend the walk and Unity Day as a participant. Christine Schuyler, director of the Chautauqua County Department of Health and Human Services will be the keynote speaker.
The event is free and open to the public, and a light lunch will be provided for all participants. Sponsors of the event include the Kendall Club of Jamestown, Sandee’s Bakery, The Pepsi Bottling Group and Wegmans.
The Chautauqua County Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault is facilitated by Project Crossroads, which is in turn funded by Family Service of the Chautauqua Region. Project Crossroads was created in 1996 as a domestic violence education program with the specific goal to reach out into the community to provide intervention through education for the prevention of domestic violence.
In 2005, Project Crossroads partnered with Family Service of the Chautauqua Region to combine the project’s domestic violence education program with their Community and Hispanic Outreach Program to better serve domestic violence victims throughout Chautauqua County.
The project has received funding to maintain an office located within the Jamestown Police Department through a NYS Division of Criminal Justice grant.