Sojourn Shelter and Services is holding a 5K in honor of Domestic Violence Awareness Month. The local organization’s fourth annual Heroes for Sojourn 5K and Kids Fun Run will be held at 9am on Saturday, October 1, at Southwind Park in Springfield.
Attendees are invited to dress in purple, the color of Domestic Violence Awareness, or as their favorite superhero—be it fictitious or a real-life hero.
Community-based domestic violence agencies have faced severe cutbacks over the last year as a result of the Illinois budget stalemate. Agencies have had to lay off staff and cut back on shelter availability. These reduced services have far-reaching implications, affecting medical services, homelessness prevention and other necessary ser-vices that help adult victims and their children escape abusive situations.
More than 10 million people are abused by an intimate partner in the US every year. That’s 20 people per minute. One in three women has been a victim of physical violence by an intimate partner.
Individuals can register by calling Laura Kresse at 726-5100, ext. 213 or online. Packet pickup is from noon to 7pm on Friday, September 30, at Sojourn Shelter (1800 Westchester Blvd in Springfield). You can register online at www.getmeregistered.com (enter HEROES FOR SOJOURN in the search field).