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Just Say NO MORE

On Monday, October 15, the trial of Lloyd Hill, a man accused of fatally stabbing his estranged wife and her boyfriend, was canceled after he plead guilty to both deaths.

In April, Edward Todd followed through on a threat he’d made and attempted to murder his wife by shooting her in the head and then committed suicide.

Christopher Moyer beat his wife and 7-year-old son to death with a baseball bat while they slept before taking his own life by laying down on the tracks in front of an oncoming train.

Since 2006, there have been more than 30 domestic violence related deaths in Bucks County.

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. A Woman’s Place, the only domesticviolence organization in Bucks County, is empowering the community to say NO MORE to domestic violence.

NO MORE is part of a national campaign aimed at breaking the silence and creating social change to influence policies and prevent domestic violence. 1 in 4 women experience violence from their partners in their lifetimes. 1 in 3 teens experience sexual or physical abuse or threats from a boyfriend or girlfriend. They aren’t numbers. They are mothers, fathers, girlfriends, boyfriends, sisters, brothers, co-workers, and friends. They are neighbors and loved ones and it is time to say NO MORE violence.

This October, take a minute to say NO MORE. It does not cost you anything, but the rewards are invaluable.

Say NO MORE to blaming victims of domestic violence for the abuse.

Say NO MORE to excusing abusers.

Say NO MORE to looking the other way and pretending you don’t see or hear the abuse.

Say NO MORE to risking the lives of police officers responding to domestic violence calls.

Say NO MORE to acting as if domestic violence is a “private family matter” rather than a costly community concern.

Say NO MORE to thinking domestic violence only happens in certain neighborhoods to certain kinds of people.

Say NO MORE to lives lost in Bucks County.

On behalf of A Woman’s Place, I invite you to stand with us and say NO MORE. Join us on October 24 at 6:30 p.m. at Rolling Hills United Methodist Church for Bucks County’s Domestic Violence Awareness Month Vigil and say NO MORE to the violence while honoring the individuals and communities who have been victimized. Visit www.awomansplace.org. Speak out when you see injustice, promote healthy relationships, and encourage victims. Stand with survivors.

Join A Woman’s Place in saying… NO MORE.

Ifeoma U. Aduba, AWP Interim Executive Director

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