COLDWATER (WTVB) - For far too long, domestic violence was ignored or treated as a private matter where victims were left to suffer in silence without hope of intervention. October is Domestic Violence Awareness month and is also the 18th anniversary of the Violence Against Women Act, as recognition is given to the individuals and groups who have stepped forward to break the cycle of violence, and recommit to putting an end to domestic violence in America. The Branch County Coalition Against Domestic Violence is having its annual open house this coming Sunday afternoon. The event titled “A Celebration of Survivors” starts at 2 p.m. at the Naomi Davis Shelterhouse on North Michigan Avenue in Coldwater.
Volunteers of the Year will also be honored and there will be tours of the Shelterhouse and Laura Place apartments along with food, games, and entertainment. Despite considerable progress in reducing domestic violence, an average of three women in the United States lose their lives every day as a result of domestic violence