Leaders, residents gather to discuss domestic violence

Nearly 40 attend MYOC awareness event at YWCA

WARREN — Residents and city officials gathered recently at the YWCA of Warren to discuss domestic violence. October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

The discussion and other events, including a candlelight vigil, were planned by the Mahoning Valley Organizing Collaborative.

Mayor Doug Franklin said he was encouraged by what he heard from the nearly 40 people in attendance.

“Whether it is domestic violence or a crime, if you see something, say something. If you stay quiet, you are part of the problem,” Franklin said. “Fear is never our friend.”

Marcia Dinkins, who organized the recent vigil, said it is important to speak up about domestic violence to save someone’s life.

“What can we do as a community to help?” she said.

Those at the event said the goals is to identify solutions and hold offenders accountable while also giving police the tools they need to deal with domestic violence.

Warren Councilwoman Helen Rucker said a study on domestic violence showed people arguing over loss of money caused an increase in domestic violence. The study also found certain professions were more prone to domestic violence, including law enforcement and clergy.

Statistics from the Ohio Domestic Violence Network say that 94 percent of all cases are perpetrated by males, 25 percent involved children at the scene and 32 percent were either homicide-suicide or attempted homicide-suicide.

Between July 2015 and June 2016, domestic violence claimed four lives in Trumbull County.

“There are people who are afraid with no place to go,” Rucker said.

A prayer vigil, which was attended by 60 people, was held to raise awareness to end domestic violence and domestic abuse in families. Community leaders from organizations including the Warren Family Mission and various faith leaders led prayer for and reflect on struggling families.

Someplace Safe will hold its 22nd annual Day of Unity 7 p.m. Monday at Kent State University at Trumbull to mourn those whose lives were lost to domestic violence and celebrate those who have survived.