LIMA — Crossroads Crisis Center marked Domestic Violence Awareness Month, on Sunday with the dedication of a tree at 116 W. North Street, Lima.
The tree is in memory of the victims who lost their lives due to domestic violence.
It was donated by Integrity Lawn and Landscape LLC and planted by members of Boy Scout Troop 106, including Andrew Mackenzie, Noah Sims and Tim Clow.
“There is a tree that had been here that had died and was looking very unsightly, and I thought it’d be a nice gesture to replace that and have the Scouts do this as a benevolent project,” said Alex Clow, with Integrity Lawn and Landscape. “The fact is that October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, so I thought that using our resources and the labor of the boys that we can replace it and have a lasting memory for victims of domestic violence.”
The problem of domestic violence, unfortunately, still exists.
“It’s a huge problem in our community. It’s very prevalent, it’s prevalent in the United States. We really need everybody to come together in the community to help us raise awareness for this huge problem,” said Christel Keller, executive director for Crossroads Crisis Center.
If someone has a problem with domestic violence, they can call 419-228-4357.
“They can call our hotline, and we can talk them through and do a safety assessment and kind of see where they’re at in their journey. We can assist them with services,” Keller said.
Domestic violence can come in many forms, besides physical violence.
“It comes on pretty slowly. There’s a grooming process. There’s isolation,” Keller said. “So it’ll be someone that maybe is around friends and family a lot, and then you start noticing that they’re being isolated and they’re maybe not being involved as much. So that’s a really big warning sign.”
Domestic violence is very hard to break free from, and the victim needs support.
“Be what they need, believe them, support them where they’re at,” Keller said.
Several other activities are planned during October to mark Domestic Violence Awareness Month.
“Throughout the community, you will see trees decorated. You’ll see purple ribbons in downtown. Sara’s Sweets, Baked to Perfection and Dunkin Donuts are making purple sweets. We’ll have a virtual candlelight vigil on Oct. 17 at 7 p.m., and you can view that on our Facebook page,” Keller said.
Reach Sam Shriver at 567-242-0409.