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Support for domestic violence victims and survivors at YWCA luncheon

October is Domestic Violence Awareness month. Most who attended the YWCA's luncheon wore purple or carried their purple purses in honor of the cause.

Posted: Oct. 17, 2018 5:40 PM
Updated: Oct. 17, 2018 11:51 PM

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) - Today was all about showing support for domestic violence victims as the YWCA hosted their monthly luncheon.

The purpose of these meetings is to address community concerns by bringing up topics that are important to the Greater Lafayette area.

October is Domestic Violence Awareness month. Most who attended the YWCA's luncheon wore purple or carried their purple purses in honor of the cause.

The purses are part of the Purple Purse fundraising campaign to raise money for domestic violence victims.

“A lot of times people are abused financially meaning their abusive partner withholds money from the other,” said Allison Beggs, Director of the Greater Lafayette YWCA.

She said they are 6th in the nation for fundraiser having raised more than $33,000 since the start of the month of October. She encourages everyone to donate before the fundraiser ends on October 31st.

The money goes towards the work that people like Leah Georgini do. She is the Director of the Domestic Violence Intervention and Prevention Program here in Lafayette. She works closely with domestic violence victims right here in our community.

She said it's just as much of an issue here as it is worldwide.

“Our shelter housed over 400 hundred adults and children last year but that's only the tip of the iceberg,” she said. “We probably have to turn away about half the calls that come to us.”

She said she cares so much about this cause because of what she saw her mother go through while she was growing up in England. She saw her mother escape abuse and now wants to help others.

Mira Cassidy spoke at today’s event, and she too has a very personal connection to abuse.

She shared her story of escaping her abusive husband, an escape that took her about 10 years to do. She talked about how she turned to her religious community for support, but found only shame and no support.

But now she is an author and motivational speaker, hoping to create positive change by sharing her story.

“I believe that by me sharing my story, it's helping to fix the situation or to bring some type of solution to it because there are so many different stories of domestic violence, there are so many types of survivors,” said Cassidy.

Her book is titled “Let Mia Tell It” and you can buy it online.

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