October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Tara Muir, Executive Director for the Domestic Violence Council, says the organization will hold its annual vigil on October 15th on the Douglas County Courthouse steps.
Muir says the purpose of that event is to remember those who’ve lost their lives to domestic violence and to stand for those who can’t speak up for themselves due to fear of shame or retribution.
She says the council will also screen a short documentary on October 10th called “The Children Next Door.”
"It’s a look at domestic violence through a new lens. It recounts the fear and pain of domestic violence through the eyes of children. It takes us through a young family’s journey to figure out how to end the recurring cycle of violence and what the truth is that lies beneath. It’s really about children’s resiliency and how families can pull together after something very traumatic.”
The film screening takes place at UNO’s Mammel Hall and is open to the public. Muir says a panel discussion will follow the film. Doors open at 6:30. For details on the vigil or film event, the website is www.dvcomaha.org.