Louisville, Ky. — This October, The Center for Women and Families is hosting a free, live-streamed concert to raise awareness of domestic violence in Kentucky and southern Indiana. The “Love in a New Light Virtual Concert” is just one of the many initiatives the domestic violence service provider is organizing during Domestic Violence Awareness Month.
On Sunday, October 18th at 7 p.m., the concert will feature performances by local artists, including Jim James from My Morning Jacket, Jecorey ‘1200’ Arthur, Teddy Abrams, and Brigid Kaelin, and will be streamed via The Center’s YouTube, Facebook and Instagram pages. The concert is free, but donations received throughout the show will benefit The Center, supporting survivors of domestic and sexual violence in our community. All services are provided at no cost to victims.
“Throughout Domestic Violence Awareness Month, The Center is encouraging the community to advocate in a new way,” said Elizabeth Wessels-Martin, President and Chief Empowerment Officer of The Center for Women and Families. “With our ‘Love in a New Light Virtual Concert,’ we hope to show abusive behavior is never the victim’s fault. Too many times people ask the wrong question, ‘Why don’t they leave?’ The Center is here to listen without judgment and offer help to individuals and their families.”
In the United States, an average of nearly 20 people every minute experience physical abuse by a partner, a statistic that adds up to roughly 10 million men and women each year, according to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence. For many who experience domestic violence, this behavior often occurs so frequently that it eventually becomes tolerated and expected in the relationship. There is no place for abusive behavior in a relationship, and The Center encourages victims to reach out for help.
Presenting sponsors of Domestic Violence Awareness Month efforts include the LG&E and KU Foundation, and Churchill Downs. Media sponsors for the “Love in a New Light Virtual Concert” include Louisville Public Media and Media Events Inc. To learn more about the concert, visit https://www.thecenteronline.org/love-in-a-new-light-virtual-concert/.
About The Center for Women and Families
The Center for Women and Families provides assistance to all victims of domestic or sexual violence as well as family, friends, and partners. In addition to serving the immediate and long-term needs of survivors, they also work to promote healthy relationships and to prevent violence from occurring through prevention programs and community education. The Center is the only domestic violence + rape crisis center in its nine-county Kentuckiana service area. Services are safe, free, and confidential. Help is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year through a toll-free crisis line: 1-844-BE-SAFE-1. For additional information, visit www.thecenteronline.org.