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Candlelight vigils held for domestic abuse month

Secure’us partnered in both events

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Clayton State University AmeriCorps Program in partnership with Clayton County’s domestic violence shelter, Secur’us House, Thursday hosted the 2nd annual “Remember My Name” candlelight vigil on the school’s campus.

Special Photo Clayton State University AmeriCorps Program in partnership with Clayton County’s domestic violence shelter, Secur’us House, Thursday hosted the 2nd annual “Remember My Name” candlelight vigil on the school’s campus.

JONESBORO— A couple of Clayton County organizations are bringing awareness to domestic abuse through hosting candlelight vigils in observance of Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

Clayton County Association Against Family Violence Inc., is scheduled to co-host the 12th annual “Silent No More” candlelight vigil, Wednesday. Clayton State University hosted its 2nd annual “Remember My Name” candlelight vigil” Thursday.

Clayton County Association Against Family Violence Inc., also known as Secure’us House will take part in the candlelight vigil which is scheduled to be held from 7 p.m. until 8:30 p.m., at the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce, located at 235 Andrew Young International Blvd., in Atlanta.

Officials said the event will honor the women, men and families who have been silenced by their batterers as well as those who have broken their silence to take a stance against domestic violence.

“Secur’us House is a shelter for women and children fleeing form domestic violence,” said Secure’us House Executive Director, Pat Altemus. “We are a 24 hour, seven days a week shelter with 21 beds. If we receive calls where we cannot provide housing then we either provide alternate housing or advocate for other shelter in the state . We also advocate for services for our clients, in whatever they may need.”

Secur’us House, has provided shelter, support, counseling and advocacy for victims of family violence in Clayton County and the surrounding Metro Atlanta counties. Through a broad range of programs in the community, Secure’us House addresses the individual needs of victims by providing support services to help victims become self-sufficient. Last year 130 women and children were housed at the Secur’us shelter, according to Altemus.

The Domestic Violence shelters throughout the state are divided into regions and the shelters that we are hosting the candle light vigil with are in our region,” Altemus added.

Those shelters include Secure’us House, Partnership Against Domestic Violence, International Women House, Women’s Resource Center, according to Altemus.

“We are trying to bring about awareness of domestic violence on a larger scale,” she said. “This is to inform as many people as possible the need for education surrounding domestic violence. It is also a way for us to come together to join in one group to recognize those who have lost their lives in the state of Georgia to Domestic Violence.”

So far this year, she said, there have been 65 reported deaths of people who have lost their lives in the state, including men, women and children.

“Many times the deaths are not reported as domestic violence cases but as homicides,” she added.

Clayton State University AmeriCorps Program in partnership with Secur’us House, held a candlelight vigil, Thursday, at the Lawson Amphitheater on the school’s campus.

“It was the second annual “Remember My Name” candlelight vigil” during the Domestic Violence Awareness Month,” said Clayton State University, AmeriCorps Program Coordinator, Jennifer Welch.

The CSU AmeriCorps Program is a national service program whose members have dedicated over 80,000 community service hours in education, environmental, public safety, disaster preparedness and other human needs to the Clayton County Community and surrounding areas, according to Welch.

Nearly 75 Clayton State students, Secur’us House clients, and other Clayton county community members attended the candlelight vigil program.

“The program raised awareness on the issue of domestic violence by celebrating survivors of domestic violence, honoring the lives of victims who have passed, and encouraging everyone to take a pledge of non-violence,” Welch said. “The program included monologues by Clayton State Theater, participants pledging non-violence through Alpha Kappa Lambda Fraternity, Inc.’s “These Hands Don’t Hurt” initiative, and a “Remember My Name” vigil in remembrance of victims of domestic violence facilitated by Pat Altemus, Executive Director of Secur’us House, Clayton County’s domestic violence shelter.

Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. and Theta Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., also collaborated on the event, Welch added.