TIFTON, GA (WALB) - Two Tifton organizations that help abused women and children hosted a vigil raising awareness about domestic violence.
"Domestic Violence doesn't discriminate by race, or gender, or economics," said J.D. Hart, Tifton Judicial Circuit Assistant District Attorney.
Ruth's Cottage and the Patticake House are helping domestic violence victims find their voice through their annual Domestic Violence Awareness Month Vigil at Veterans Memorial Park.
"It's something nobody wants to talk about," said Nancy Bryan, Executive Director. "October Breast Cancer Awareness Month, everybody is into the pink, but it's a lot harder to find those who will stand up and talk about Domestic Violence."
Domestic Violence Survivor Janna Hart was brave enough to tell her story so that others can get help.
"Hey I have been through this it is not your fault, you don't have to be ashamed," said Janna Hart, Domestic Violence Survivor.
Ruth's Cottage and the Patticake House have helped 75 women and children in shelter this year. They've also received 400 calls through their crisis hotline. Tonight, they honored the 90 men, women and children who have lost their lives in the state to family violence in the past year.
"It's a very serious issue and Georgia is 9th in the United States for people losing their lives due to family violence," said Bryan.
They also recognized law enforcement officers, judicial officials and volunteers who have gone above and beyond to helping put an end to family violence.
"It takes everyone to work and make this go away and to reach out to those who are suffering and to let them know that there are options and they can turn to us for help," said Bryan.
The Patticake House is also celebrating its 10th anniversary. They've interviewed more than 15 hundred children who have been sexually or physically abused.
You can call their Crisis Hotline at 229-388-1541.
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