Wilton Cares Day supports domestic violence awareness

As part of Wilton Cares Day, the community is invited to join members of the Wilton Police Department and Wilton Domestic Violence Task force on Monday, Oct. 16, at 10:30 a.m. First Selectman Lynne Vanderslice will read the town’s Domestic Violence Proclamation on the front steps of town hall in recognition of October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

In addition to the reading of the proclamation, the task force has partnered with the Wilton Chamber of Commerce and participating restaurants and retailers to introduce Wilton Cares Day on the first day of Fall Restaurant Week.

With this new initiative, participating restaurants and retailers will donate a portion of their proceeds on Monday to the Domestic Violence Crisis Center, which serves Wilton as well as Stamford, Norwalk, Westport, New Canaan, Darien, and Weston. The DVCC works to promote the fundamental right of all individuals to be safe in their personal relationships.

According to the DVCC, per capita the number of clients who come to the DVCC from Wilton is proportionate to clients served from larger cities such as Norwalk and Stamford. The DVCC’s professional staff supports victims of domestic violence every step along the way within the legal system, with financial concerns or with housing needs with the underlying objective of keeping victims safe. In 2016 and 2017 the DVCC provided service to 75 households in Wilton. This number includes all DVCC departments that clients accessed, engaged and/or received services from.

Visitors to Wilton Center will see purple ribbons tied to trees. There are 103, which represents the number of domestic-related incidents to which Wilton police responded from Oct. 1, 2016 to Sept. 30, 2017. The incidents include 38 family violence incidents and 65 other domestic-related incidents. The ribbons were made and placed by members of the Wilton High School Teen PeaceWorks club, under the auspices of the DVCC.