Letter: Domestic violence concerns us all

To the Editors:

In recognition of National Domestic Violence Awareness Month I would like to thank the following people for their support of the task force and the events of the month: First Selectman Bill Brennan, Lt. Tom Conlon, Sgt. Rob Cipolla, Officer Anthony Cocco, Cathy Pierce, Alice Woods, Dianne DeWitt, Barbara Holdridge, Carole MacIntyre, Lindsay Sheehy, Barbara Koenigsberger, Margaret Creeth, Janienne Hackett, Carole Young-Kleinfeld, Kim Nabulsi, Wendy Lynch, Lisa Somer, and members of the Wilton League of Women Voters.

A special thank-you goes out to Nancy Toothaker and the ladies at Open House Gift Shop for hosting the seventh annual fund-raiser and their generous donation to the Domestic Violence Crisis Center. We are deeply grateful to all those who purchased tickets for our Wings of Hope Campaign which allowed the task force to make a donation of over $600 to the DVCC. Fifty butterflies were released in town center as a symbol of hope for all those victims of interpersonal violence.

This year 96 ribbons were hung in town to represent the 96 reported incidents of domestic violence in the past year. Although the number of reported incidents is lower than the year prior, many may be surprised to learn that the largest percentage of domestic-related incidents is parent- child. Oftentimes we have an image of what violence in the home looks like but it can take many forms. Sadly, there are still people who are of the opinion that violence in the home is a private matter.

It is the mission of our task force to educate our community and continue to promote awareness. Thursday will mark the 11-month anniversary of Sandy Hook. We would be remiss if we ever allow ourselves to forget the horrors of that day began as a domestic issue.

If you or someone you know is in an abusive relationship, please call the Domestic Violence Crisis Center at 1-888-774-2900 or visit dvccct.org. If you are having trouble relating with your teen please call Cathy Pierce or Colleen Fawcett at Wilton Social Services at 203-834-6238. One phone call can make all the difference.

Jennifer McNamara


Wilton Domestic Violence Task Force

Wilton, Nov. 12