“My favorite part of this event each year, is seeing the community come together—it’s like a family reunion. And you will see a table here of law enforcement officials and a table here of elected officials…this is truly a favorite community event,” says Kristie Fortmann-Doser, DVIP Executive Director.
The FBI estimates that 1 in 3 women will be affected by intimate partner violence, dating violence or stalking by an intimate partner. Nearly 500 people attend this event annually, providing much needed funding for victims facing the impact of violent crime and homelessness due to abuse. DVIP is a United Way agency and relies on private donations to provide services to children and adults affected by violence. DVIP provides crisis intervention and support services to more than 1900 women, children and men last year, and received nearly 18,000 hotline calls. Confidential information and assistance is available 24 hours a day at 1-800-373- 1043.