Family Planning of Martha’s Vineyard and Connect to End Violence are set to strengthen their partnership with a collaboration that begins May 1. Call volume for domestic violence and rape counseling was up on the Island this winter.
They stood 21 strong, their backs to the harbor, shirts billowing in the sea breeze, cheered on by honking cars, applause and exclamations of gratitude. Their messages, plastered to their chests by a gusty wind off the Vineyard Haven harbor, were names of individuals and groups of women they wished to honor in the fight against domestic violence.
They were fathers, uncles, sons, grandfathers, Islanders and visitors, standing vigil Saturday afternoon on the Vineyard Haven seawall in support of local victims of domestic violence.
On Saturday, Oct. 27, Connect will hold its fifth annual domestic and sexual violence awareness walk. The walk begins at the Edgartown Park and Ride and continues for approximately two miles through Edgartown, along the “parade route.”
Registration for the event begins at 10 a.m. and the walk begins at 10:30 a.m.