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WISH to hold domestic violence awareness events

Daily News Staff Writer

October is domestic violence awareness month, and Women in Safe Homes has a few events planned to raise awareness.

“We know that families who feel more connected to the community, and communities that have activities for families, they actually have lower rates of victimization,” Arika Paquette of WISH said.

WISH will be hosting a Resilience Fair from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. Saturday at Saxman Community Center. Paquette said they are offering transportation to the fair if people need it, and the free event will include food.

There will be trick or treating, pumpkin coloring, resources and emotional regulation techniques for adults and children, all with the goal of informing the community about resources in Ketchikan that support family health and resilience, according to WISH information.

Costumes are welcome, and there will be U.S. Coast Guard boat tours. It will take place in the upstairs theater and lobby of the Saxman Community Center.

WISH also will be holding “Steps for Change,” in which participants will walk seven to eight laps around the track at the Gateway Recreation Center to represent the average number of times a woman leaves an abusive relationship before permanently leaving, according to WISH information.

According to the 2015 Alaska Victimization Survey by the University of Alaska Anchorage Justice Center, 21,401 adult women in Alaska experienced intimate partner violence, sexual violence, or both in the year prior to the survey. Paquette said Alaska has the highest rates of domestic violence in the nation.

The walk is to support domestic violence survivors, remember victims and bring awareness to the “epidemic of domestic violence in Alaska, according to WISH.

The free event will include door prizes and giveaways, and will take place from 5:30 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 27 on the track and in the art room at the recreation center.