Domestic violence awareness month ceremony

WESTON, W.Va. (WDTV) - According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, one in three women, and one in four men will be a victim of physical violence by an intimate partner in their lifetime.

Purple is the official color of National Domestic Violence Awareness month.

Today, residents of Lewis, County came together to raise awareness about those alarming statistics.

For the second year in a row, locals gathered at the Lewis County Courthouse to hear county commissioners read the domestic violence proclamation.

There was also a guest singer and speakers from HOPE Inc., a United Way Agency. Organizers said the reading is a way to break the silence about domestic violence in the community.

People at the ceremony were asked to wear purple as a way to show their support for victims.

If you or someone you know is a victim of domestic violence, call 911 or the HOPE, Inc. 24 Hour Hotline at 304-367-1100.