Over 400 balloons will be released from Jensen Grove as part of a 'domestic violence awareness campaign' sponsored by Bingham Crisis Center Thursday at 6 p.m. The balloons are in honor of those who have lost their lives to domestic violence and for all of the men, women and children who were assisted at the crisis center this past year.
October is National Domestic Violence Awareness month and Dixie Chapman, executive director of the Bingham Crisis Center, said the purpose of the vigil is to remember those affected by domestic violence and also to bring the community together in an effort to resolve the problem.
"We need to assure that kids, especially those who have been exposed to domestic violence, grow up knowing what a good, healthy relationship is," Chapman said. "The balloons are symbolic of rising above domestic violence, flying high on life and reaching new heights."
Blackfoot Mayor Mike Virtue will read the proclamation for 'Domestic Violence Awareness Month.' There will be refreshments, an information table and a display of the Clothesline Project" (t-shirts designed by domestic violence victims). In closing, a candlelight vigil will be held in memory of those who lost their lives to domestic violence.
"This past year was a particularly bad year in Idaho, with 22 lives lost to domestic violence, several of them were in Pocatello and Idaho Falls," Chapman noted. "We [at the crisis center] don't like to dwell on the negative but we hope the community will join us in this campaign."
Blackfoot High School students from Family and Consumer Science Leaders of America will be assisting at the event.