Domestic Violence Awareness 5K run to be held in Hattiesburg

Photo credit: WDAM
Photo credit: WDAM

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - The Hattiesburg Police Department Domestic Violence Unit and Victim Services work tirelessly to reduce the number of domestic violence cases by increasing awareness and provide support and educational events to the public.

Delta Sigma Theta Sorority's Hattiesburg Alumnae Chapter has been serving children, families and individuals in the Pine Belt area for over 29 years. Also, since 1992, Alpha Chi Omega has supported the victims of domestic violence as a national altruistic project for their sorority.
In their continuing efforts together, they will hold their second annual Domestic Violence 5K Run & Walk.

This year's theme is, "It May Hurt to Walk Away."

The focus of this event is to increase the awareness of domestic violence and to provide financial support to the Hattiesburg's Domestic Violence Abuse Family Shelter.

The race will start at Town Square Park on Saturday, Oct. 1, beginning at 8 a.m.
 Registration will begin at 7 a.m.  and the entry fee is $20 for those who pre-register before the event and will be $25 the day of the run.

In 2015, the run raised $2,000 that was donated to the shelter, and the group hopes that this years' amount to be even greater.

To demonstrate how hard it may be to walk away, walkers can volunteer to complete the 1-mile Fun Walk in a pair of heels, with the fastest walker receiving a prize; heels should be less than 2-inches tall.
According to the Hattiesburg Police Department, domestic violence is a crime that has plagued communities across the country for many years.

Every minute in the United States, nearly 20 people are victims of physical abuse by an intimate partner or member of the family. In 2015, there were 296 domestic violence cases, 47 sexual assaults, and 13 incidents of stalking reported in Hattiesburg.
Domestic violence is not only considered physical or sexual abuse, but it can also be emotional, psychological, and financial abuse. It affects every race, gender, age and economic class.

Domestic violence has a significant impact on communities it affects.