Peoria County Courthouse Dyes Fountain Plaza Purple this October to Celebrate Domestic Violence Awareness Month with The Center for Prevention of Abuse

Ceremony to honor victims, support survivors, and join forces to fight abuse takes place 10/2
Who:               Carol Merna, Executive Director, The Center for Prevention of Abuse
                        Sara Dillefeld, Director of Family Centered Services, The Center for Prevention of Abuse
                        *Additional speakers pending

What:              The plaza fountain outside the Peoria County Courthouse will turn  purple this October in                                     honor of Domestic Violence Awareness Month. The courthouse is teaming up with The Center                             for Prevention of Abuse to announce the month-long campaign, remember victims, support                                 survivors, and join forces in the community to fight against domestic violence.

                        There is opportunity for interviews, b-roll, and photos following the                         announcement.

When:             Monday, October 2, 2017
                        12:00 p.m.-12:20 p.m.

Where:           The Peoria County Courthouse
                        Plaza Fountain
                        324 Main Street
                        Peoria, IL 61602                                                                      

Why:               More than 5,000 women, men and children, affected by violence and abuse are served by The                            Center every year. The Center has two emergency shelters in the Greater Peoria Area, one                                    located in Peoria on the main campus and the second, The Carol House of Hope, is located in                             Pekin. Last year, The Center provided 7,100 nights in its shelters for victims fleeing an abusive                               situation. 


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