Wilton raises domestic violence awareness

At a brief ceremony on Monday, Oct. 17, First Selectman Lynne Vanderslice led a group of officials and community members in recognizing October as National Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

Vanderslice read a proclamation before town and police officials, state legislators, and representatives from Wilton’s Domestic Violence Task Force and the Domestic Violence Crisis Center.

The proclamation noted “the crime of domestic violence violates an individual’s privacy and dignity, security and humanity, due to systematic use of physical, emotional, sexual, psychological and economic control and/or abuse including abuse to children and the elderly.” It also noted incidents extend across all economic, racial and societal barriers.

Last Friday, Oct. 14, Wilton police joined with the Wilton Family YMCA in presenting a fund-raiser to support the crisis center. It was well-attended, organizer Lt. Rob Cipolla said.

Police Chief Bob Crosby thanked Cipolla for his efforts and added, “We are behind this coalition 100%.”

Both Boucher and Lavielle said annual events like this are important to let victims of domestic violence know “they are not alone.”