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Wednesday, September 30, 2009

The Sound of Hope



NEW HAVEN — Domestic Violence Services of Greater New Haven will hold its 10th Annual Sound of Hope event from 1 to 2 p.m. Oct. 7 at Long Wharf Pier. The annual event is free and open to the public and is held in honor of Domestic Violence Awareness Month and to commemorate victims and survivors of domestic violence.
Last year, DVS provided emergency shelter, crisis services, counseling, advocacy and other support services to more than 7,000 women and children in Greater New Haven, Milford and the shoreline.
Scheduled speakers for the event include state Attorney General Richard Blumenthal; New Haven Board of Alderman President Carl Goldfield; state Rep. Milford, Barbara Lambert, D-Milford; Tirzah Kemp, of STRIVE New Haven; and Pam Nuchols of Guilford Youth and Family Services, organizers said. Testimonials from domestic violence survivors are planned, as is a reading of names of state residents who lost their lives to domestic violence in the past year. Participants will receive a flower to throw into the harbor; each flower represents hopes and struggles of survivors as they work to end violence in their lives and honors those who died due to domestic violence. The event will culminate with a bagpipe procession and light snack.
For more information about DVS or the event, call (203) 865-1957, or the DVS 24-hour crisis hotline at (203) 789-8104, or visit www.dvsgnh.org. DVS is a program of Birmingham Group Health Services, Inc.

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