5K Race Away from Domestic Violence on Saturday, June 6 in downtown Indianapolis
Looking for a good excuse to get outside for a nice walk or run? How about joining your friends for a 3.1 mile course throughout downtown Indianapolis, beginning and ending at Victory Field. Walk it, run it or wheelchair roll it with hundreds of other people who support the work to end domestic violence in Indiana.
Now in its 12th year, the Race Away from Domestic Violence supports the Indiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence and its work throughout the state. “It’s a great way to spend a nice morning with friends,” said ICADV Executive Director Laura Berry. “We see teams of coworkers, families, neighborhood groups and individuals gathering to remember victims and raise funds for the efforts to end domestic violence.”
Last year 67 people died by an act of domestic violence in Indiana. More than 10,500 men, women and children stayed in a domestic violence shelter. They were rich and poor, from the city and farms, they were of all races and ethnicities. Domestic violence does not discriminate. Unfortunately the need always outweighs the available resources. Shelters struggled to find other options for 1,743 people when there were no more beds. And the abuse continues.
We know we need to continue the critical work to help women in crisis and we will continue to help them one by one. But we believe it’s time to get to the root of the problem. Gloria Steinem said it best: “We are still standing on the bank of the river, rescuing people who are drowning. We have not gone to the head of the river to help them from falling in. That is the 21st century task.”
The Indiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence has been charged with implementing an expanded prevention plan for our state. We will work with organizations and individuals around Indiana to help people understand that prevention needs to address the root cause of the problem, and show them how to do it.
Change will not happen quickly. But it will begin when we change our thinking. It will begin when we raise boys to become men who respect their partners, when we treat our intimate partners as equals, when we tell someone when we see abuse and when we believe peaceful resolution rather than violence is the proper response.
Let’s all say “No More” to domestic violence. To learn more about domestic violence, discover how you can help and to find resources for victims, visit www.icadvinc.org.