USI hosts annual event to honor domestic violence survivors, victims

Published: Oct. 14, 2021 at 6:11 AM CDT|Updated: Oct. 14, 2021 at 5:41 PM CDT
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EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WFIE) - In honor of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, the Albion Fellows Bacon Center hosted the annual Flowers on the Lake event on Thursday.

The event was also co-hosted by the University of Southern Indiana Sexual Assault and Gender Violence Prevention Group.

Flowers on the Lake is a ceremony designed to honor those whose lives have been taken due to domestic violence. Based on the poem, “I Got Flowers Today” by Paulette Kelly, the event invites community members to gather in memorial of the lives lost, as well as to show support to both survivors and those still living with abuse.

”Unfortunately it’s something that’s been going on throughout the pandemic, but once things opened up again, the numbers were a lot more,” Gina Gist, the community advocacy program director at Albion said. “I think last year there was around 60 domestic violence fatalities, and this year it was 97 just in this state. So that’s a pretty big increase and I think a lot of that was the fact that they were isolated and weren’t able to get out, unfortunately.”

Albion officials say it’s not just up to the victim to speak up, but also the whole community to stop domestic violence when they see it happening.

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