Columbia Celebrates Family Violence Prevention

1 decade 11 months 1 week ago October 24, 2005 Oct 24, 2005 Monday, October 24 2005 Monday, October 24, 2005 1:36:05 PM CDT in News

If it was violent, Glenn Cobbins used to do it.

"Robbing, stealing, dealing with women, morally; fighting all the time, as a child throw rocks at cars."

But now Cobbins is living a violence free life and is using his energy at Columbia's violence prevention event to encourage others to do the same.  The event was a collaboration between politicians, community leaders and family agencies.

"We wanted the community to be exposed to our services; all the different agency services and gain some information and knowledge about child abuse, domestic abuse and community knowledge," said Heather Windham of Rainbow House.

Everyone from neighborhood families to Mayor Darwain Hindman came out to hear abuse survivors tell their stories and local experts give tips on avoiding violence.  There was also information for people who weren't sure of how to handle their own violent situations.  But what Glenn Cobbins thought was most important was a message of humanity.

"From Mayor Hindman on down, to the street thug that was here on up, however they classify themselves, I would like for them to know that to be human is to be non-violent."

After the event local churches and businesses sponsored a big meal for everyone there.

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