Walks to end domestic violence, honor victims step off across CT this weekend

Domestic Violence Awareness

Conn. (WTNH) — Two walks to honor domestic violence victims and bring awareness took place in Connecticut this weekend.

On Sunday, a 4k walk to honor victims of domestic violence was hosted by Safe Futures at Waterford High School.

The organization is based in southeastern Connecticut and is dedicated to helping those impacted by domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking, and trafficking.

Safe Futures tells us the walk has evolved from an awareness event to something much bigger with hundreds of people turning out.

Katherine Verano, the chief executive officer of Safe Futures, explained, “The first time we did this walk was ‘The Power of Purple’ about eight years ago, and it was an awareness-raising event. Now we’ve grown, as we have with our agency and our center, and it’s a fundraising, awareness-raising…a way to help all the teens and the children here understand that we take a stand against domestic violence as a community.”

She tells us Safe Futures is set to close on a new property on Monday that will one day be the organization’s family justice center.

On Saturday, dozens of people turned out at Elizabeth Park in West Hartford in memory of Jennifer Dulos, the missing New Canaan mother of five who police say was murdered by her estranged husband Fotis Dulos in 2019.

The Jennifer Farber Dulos Walk to End Domestic Violence called attention to some staggering statistics: there are more than 10 cases of domestic abuse every day in Connecticut.

The walk also benefits the Interval House which provides shelter to women and children escaping violent home situations.

Among those walking were friends and neighbors of Jennifer Dulos and other victims. News 8’s own Dennis House was the emcee and honorary chairman of the walk that also featured West Hartford Mayor Shari Cantor.

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