October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month and the City of Miami wants to remind constituents of this issue by holding events this week. In the midst of all that is already taking place with the COVID-19 pandemic, it is important that other issues are not being neglected.
City of Miami Police Department, Survivors Pathway Corporation, and The Miami Kingdom Lions Club invite the community to join the Domestic Violence Awareness Caravans. This will be an event to spread love and solidarity for all those that are or have been affected by any form of domestic violence. The caravans will go for three days as follows:
- On Wednesday, September 30th at 12 pm. The meeting place will be in Central District (Main) Downtown Miami 400 NW 2nd Avenue Miami, Florida 33128.
- On Thursday, October 1st at 12 pm. The meeting place will be in North District (Model City) 1000 NW 62nd Street Miami, Florida 33150.
- On Friday, October 2nd at 12 pm. The meeting place will be in South District 2200 Flagler Street Miami, Florida 33126.
Additionally, they will host a Food Distribution Drive Through that will take place on Wednesday, October 7th from 12 pm to 2 pm at Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church located at 3515 Douglas Road, Miami Florida 33133 in Coconut Grove.
By hosting such events, and encouraging difficult conversations in the community, Miami hopes to empower those struggling with domestic violence to speak up. The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence reported that 1 in 3 women and 1 in 4 men have experienced some form of physical violence by an intimate partner. In Florida alone, over 100,000 cases were reported last year. Clearly there is plenty of work to be done in regards to this issue.
If you, or anyone you know needs help call the Florida Domestic Violence Hotline: toll free (800) 500-1119