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Each year, in October, advocates, survivors, and supporters recognize October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM).

This October, Domestic Violence Intervention (DVI) of Lebanon County is partnering with the National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV), the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence (PCADV), and other state and territorial coalitions across the nation to start a coordinated national conversation about domestic violence and how we can all contribute to changing the narrative on this overshadowed, but fundamental topic.

More prevalent than most realize, one in four women and one in seven men will experience domestic violence in their lifetimes. Anyone, regardless of gender, race, sexual identity or orientation, or socio-economic status, can become a victim of domestic violence. This year’s campaign theme, #Every1KnowsSome1, strives to highlight how common domestic violence is and that it is more than physical violence.

DVI is kicking-off the month on Saturday, Oct. 2 at noon with a DVAM Duck Derby fundraiser. Rain date October 9. The derby is being held along the Quittie Creek between 7th and 8th Streets in Lebanon, next to the Lebanon Library and YMCA. Free parking is available in the YMCA lot at 201 N. 7th Street. Community members may support DVI’s critical services by adopting ducks online at https://www.dviolc.org/duck-derby/. In-person sales will be available outside the YMCA (weather permitting) each Tuesday and Thursday in September, 10:00 am to 1:00 pm. Exact change is preferred, or personal check. In the event of rain, folks may call 717.273.7154.

There are three adoption options: Lone Duck (1) for $5; Quack Pack (6) for $25; and Duckload (12) for $50. The top three Lucky Ducks walk away with a cash prize. First place finisher: $300; second place: $200; third place $100.

Follow DVI on Facebook and Instagram for more #DVAM2021 events and announcements.

Free and confidential help is available 24/7 for individuals experiencing domestic violence. Those seeking help may contact DVI’s hotline at (717) 273-7190. Domestic violence impacts millions of people each year, but it can be prevented. It requires the collective voice and power of individuals, families, institutions, and systems – each whose “one thing” adds a valuable and powerful component to transforming our communities.

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