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Norman art walk to honor victims of domestic violence

People are urged to wear purple on Friday to Norman's monthly art walk to show support for domestic violence victims.
by Jane Glenn Cannon Modified: October 10, 2012 at 9:27 pm •  Published: October 11, 2012

— Participants in Friday's monthly art walk are urged to wear purple to show support for victims of domestic violence.

The walk begins at 6 p.m. and will feature activities at downtown art galleries, the Firehouse Art Center and the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art.

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

JoAnn Smith, executive director of the Women's Resource Center, said the Second Friday Circuit of Art walk, which brings people downtown and to local galleries and museums, is an opportunity to highlight awareness of the problem of domestic violence.

“Wearing purple Friday is a way for our community to remember and honor those killed through domestic violence, and it's an affirmative show of support of those who live through it every day,” Smith said.

The effort is being undertaken by a coalition of groups including the Cleveland County Response Team, Norman Justice Alliance and the Women's Resource Center.

Organizers will have an awareness information booth downtown during the art walk.

The booth will provide information about the signs and dynamics of domestic violence, including information about stalking and abusive dating relationships.

Information also will be available on how people can access safety and support.

The Women's Resource Center also will host a Silent Witness display Oct. 29 in the Lowry Room of the Norman Public Library, 225 N Webster Ave.

The display will consist of life-size cutouts representing the women, men, children and infants killed through domestic violence.

by Jane Glenn Cannon
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A native of Oklahoma, Jane Glenn Cannon is an award-winning reporter who has covered everything from crime, courts and government to entertainment and features. She wrote a popular personal column for many years. She is a former associate writer...
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