ICYMI: 12th Annual A Walk in Their Shoes, Domestic Violence Awareness Event

ICYMI: A few Friday’s ago, our Roanoke Valley Violence Prevention Council hosted its 12th Annual domestic violence awareness event, “A Walk in Their Shoes” at Holton Plaza, Roanoke, VA.

Highlights of the event:

  • RVVPC Chair, Chelsea Taylor announced the Family Violence Coordinating Council’s new name: Roanoke Valley Violence Prevention Council
  • Mayor Sherman Lea proclaimed October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month
  • Pat Brown, executive director of the Women’s Resource Center of the New River Valley, was recognized for her 33 years of service and her upcoming retirement
  • Lesley Harrop shared her story of overcoming verbal, mental and physical abuse and encouraged those who currently are being abused to seek help from services like TAP Domestic Violence Services
  • Aveion Lewis’ Grandmother Bridgette Mason and Aunt Gloria Preston shared impactful words and an incredible poem regarding the loss of their two-year-old nephew and grandson
  • Salvation Army’s Turning Point read the names of women, men, and children of the Roanoke Valley (and beyond) who lost their lives as a result of domestic violence
  • Roanoke City Police Chief Tim Jones kicked off the walk, and dozens of community members walked in solidarity downtown Roanoke as a symbol of their commitment to not be a silent witness to the violence happening in our community and to the people we love
  • Gloria Preston dedicated the wreath she made and displayed at the event to the RVVPC
  • Nearly 20 organizations shared their information and services to survivors, advocates, and community members
  • Allstate and Wells Fargo provided their fantastic staff to volunteer at the event

A special thank you to ARCH Services, Cool Blue Ice Cream Co., Scratch Biscuit Co., Ryan Jones, Straight Street, Vail Realty Team, and Western Virginia Water Authority.

If you or someone you know is affected by family violence, intimate partner violence, sexual violence, or human trafficking, local resources are available for help and support. 

In the event of an emergency, always dial 9-1-1 immediately.

Be sure to check out our media coverage from the event: