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Story last updated at 6:05 PM on Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Dignity, compassion, respect keys to healthy relationships October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Dignity. Compassion. Respect.

These are the building blocks of non-violent relationships and healthy families. During October, South Peninsula Haven House asks you to join us in remembering those who have lost their lives to violence. We ask you to stand with the men, women and children who face violence every day.

Throughout Domestic Violence Awareness Month, you may notice purple and green flags hanging outside local businesses. Each purple flag represents one night in the last year a woman took shelter at Haven House; each green flag, a child. These are our friends, neighbors and co-workers. These are our mothers, sisters, daughters and sons. In this small town, domestic violence touches us all.

You also are invited to attend "In Her Shoes," an interactive look at what someone dealing with domestic violence might experience in seeking safety. The event will be from 2-6 p.m. Oct. 29, at the Southwest Pilots Association building at 1230 Ocean Drive and will include snacks and discussion. A short film, "First Impressions: Exposure to Violence and a Child's Developing Brain," will be shown at 4 p.m. All are welcome.

If you have questions about the event or would like to make a donation or be included on our email mailing list, please call our office at 235-7712. If you would like to host a string of flags at your business, please contact Peg at the same number.

Together, we can break the cycle of domestic violence by treating ourselves and others with dignity, compassion and respect.

Carolyn Norton is a family advocate for South Peninsula Haven House and Haven House Child Advocacy Center.