The Zonta Club of Kankakee, USA, hosted its 15th annual Empowerment Walk to kick-off Domestic Violence Awareness Month, which the U.S. recognizes in October. The walk supported Harbor House, a local domestic violence agency.
The event included a Silent Witness Display with stories of local individuals killed by a family member or boyfriend, exhibited for participants to view as well as local statistic signs for individuals to carry along the route.
Speakers included the mayor of Kankakee, the Zonta Club of Kankakee president, Harbor House board president, the County State's Attorney, and a domestic violence survivor, who is also a volunteer at Harbor House.
Participants walked in silence to the county courthouse steps, where local domestic violence cases are adjudicated. The silence is meant to honor those who have been lost to domestic violence, survivors, and those who continue to endure domestic violence.