Photos from the domestic violence vigil at Jensen Grove

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Photos from the domestic violence vigil at Jensen Grove

October is Domestic Violence Awareness month. To inform the public about domestic violence and to let the public know there is help available, the Bingham Crisis Center is hosting three Domestic Violence Awareness Vigils in Bingham County.
On Wednesday in the Jensen’s Grove shelter, several members of the community gathered with law enforcement officials, board members of the Crisis Center and victims of domestic violence gathered to hear personal stories as well as a proclamation read by Blackfoot City Councilman Layne Gardner, right. Meanwhile, above, siblings Logan and Riley get ready to release a balloon in honor of those who have suffered abuse at the hands of a spouse or partner.
‘Family violence is a community problem,’ said Bingham Crisis Center mentor and former Executive Director Dixie Chapman. ‘We want people to become part of the solution.”
Citing 2017 statistics, she said, ‘In the first eight months of this year, 11 women and children have died in Idaho. Seventeen women in imminent danger have been provided shelter; 24 children with a parent also have been provided shelter.’
Chapman continued, “In 2016, 815 bed-nights were provided for people in imminent danger.”