Westport First Selectman Gordon F. Joseloff announced that a butterfly release event will take place on Oct. 17, 3:30 p.m. at Earthplace, 10 Woodside Lane, to raise awareness of domestic violence.
“Healing Wings of Hope will releases 94 butterflies into their natural environment, representing the amount of reported domestic violence incidents in Westport during 2011,” said Elizabeth Juviler, former chair of the Domestic Violence Task Force. “It is a positive, uplifting and healing way to support the domestic violence initiative.”
The event is a collaborative community event to benefit the Domestic Violence Crisis Center. Butterflies can be sponsored for $10 each.
Domestic violence is a serious crime that affects people of all races, ages, gender and income levels. It affects more than four million Americans each year. One in three Americans has witnessed an incident of domestic violence.
Joseloff has proclaimed October 2012 as Domestic Violence Awareness Month in Westport.
“Domestic violence awareness month provides an excellent opportunity for citizens to learn more about preventing domestic violence and to show support for the numerous organizations who provide critical advocacy, services and assistance to victims,” said Joseloff.
“It is the aim during Domestic Violence Awareness Month to urge citizens to work together to eliminate domestic violence in our community,” Juviler said.
Residents interested in sponsoring a butterfly and participating should contact Juviler at firstname.lastname@example.org