BANGOR, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- About 200 people marched through downtown Bangor Wednesday afternoon to draw awareness to the issue of Domestic Violence. October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month and to mark the occasion, Spruce Run-Womancare Alliance in Bangor hosted its 5th Annual Bangor Walk to End Abuse.
"People don't want to see domestic violence don't want to see domestic abuse anymore," explained Alison Weiss, the public awareness educator for Spruce Run Womancare Alliance.
She was joined by several other Spruce Run staff members, volunteers, and people either affected by domestic violence or simply there to raise awareness.
"You know my mother was killed by my father when I was 16 it's her birthday this week so this event is really meaningful to me for that reason to come out and remember her and be supportive of other people who have had that experience," explained Cat Biddle, a volunteer with Spruce Run who was at the walk.
In this country, nearly 20 people are physically abused every minute by an intimate partner, according to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence.
"Over the past five years in this country of ours more than 7500 have been killed more than 150,000 have been wounded and hundreds of thousands affected by the war right in our homes," explained Art Jette, a rural outreach coordinator for Spruce Run Womancare Alliance and the grandfather to a 21 month old grandson who was the victim of a domestic violence murder in 1999.
Jette says the walk is to remember those who lost their lives and to raise awareness to help those who are still in abusive relationships.
If you or anyone you know is a victim of domestic violence you can call 1-866-834-HELP.