Domestic Violence Awareness Month

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"Women need to start standing up for themselves," said coalition member Dottie Hughes. "They need to start speaking out and say, 'Hey, I'm not going to take it anymore'. They need to come forward and be strong."

Hughes' group said they strive to empower victims of domestic violence and their families to get help.

"We are trying to promote as many activities in the community as possible so that we can make sure people are aware that domestic violence is a problem in our community and something needs to be done about it," coalition member Nancy Foster said.

The coalition is available to talk to victims of abuse who may not be ready to take a bigger step.

"You can call just to talk about what is going on or maybe you are not ready to leave. Maybe you are not ready to call the police or not ready to take any actions, but you just want to talk about it. That is what we are here for," Foster said.

The group also promotes a sense of community and urges friends and relatives of victims to get involved and support loved ones in difficult situations.

On Thursday the coalition sponsored a movie night, the first of five events this month.

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