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Domestic Violence Awareness Month begins

ALBANY, Ga. — Liberty House lined up a month of activities to spotlight domestic violence problems and solutions and to raise money to support victims.

Oct. 1-29: Flags on display in memory of domestic violence victims at the Albany Police Department office, 2223 Dawson Road.

Oct. 3: Butterfly release at Ray Charles Plaza from noon to 1 p.m. To purchase a butterfly call (229) 439-7094.

Oct. 5: Lunch and Learn: the criminal justice system, serving victims and holding batterers accountable. $7 a ticket. Darton College Room B101. Noon to 1:30 p.m. reservations by Oct. 3 at (229) 439-7094.

Oct. 7: Pearls and Possibilities Gala, dinner, beer and wine, dancing to Double Dare and auctions from 7 p.m. at $25 a ticket at Cafe’ 230.

Oct. 13: Symposium “dating Violence and Social Networking at Darton College B-101 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Oct. 15: Handprint project boards at Albany Mall from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Oct. 19: Attorney discussion on family law and domestic violence at Episcopal Church of St. John and St. Mark, 2425 Cherry Laurel Lane, from noon to 1:30 p.m. Reservations are required by Oct. 17.

Oct. 22: Empty seat at table display at Albany Mall from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Oct. 27: “Shine the Light on Domestic Violence” candlelight vigil and silent witness walk at Veterans Park Amphitheater. The walk starts at 6:45 p.m. in the parking lot of the Department of Family and Children Services at 200 West Oglethorpe Blvd. and proceeds to the amphitheater.

For more info, call Liberty House at (229) 439-7094.

“Our biggest fundraiser is the Second Annual Pearls and Possibilities Gala,” said Silke Deeley, Liberty House executive director. “We are having it at Cafe’ 230 on Oct. 7.”

The evening starts at 7 p.m. with stations filled with food for dinner, a wine and beer bar, dancing to the sounds of Double Dare and proceeds with a live and silent auction. Deeley said there will be hundreds of auction items featured, including time at resorts.

Although the month-long events begin with the planting of flags in memory of domestic violence victims at the Albany Police Department office at 223 Dawson Road, Monday’s event is always a touching reminder of those who suffered at the hands of the violence.

The fifth annual Butterfly Release is planned for noon Monday at Ray Charles Plaza at Front Street between Oglethorpe Boulevard and Broad Avenue.

“We hope that you will offer your support and join us in this very moving event for the encouragement of all survivors of domestic violence,” Deeley said. “Butterflies will be released during the reading of names.”

Liberty House has provided safe shelter and services for all victims of domestic violence in Dougherty and 16 other counties in southwest Georgia.