Community fills streets for ‘Stand Up and Stride’ march

Survivors and advocates at Saturday’s event raised awareness of the high numbers and shared their stories so others know they are not alone.

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Hundreds of people took part in the 13th annual Hubbard House “Stand Up and Walk” Domestic Violence Awareness Walk.

Attendees raised awareness of domestic violence and celebrated the lives that have been touched over the 45-year history of the Hubbard House.

“I am a survivor, I am a warrior, I am victorious. So I want to be there to stand up and let them know, I know how to get out, so do you,” Michelle Babbs, a domestic violence survivor, said.

“It makes me proud to know who’s really there to support you, you don’t know who’s really in your corner until you’ve seen everyone,” Babbs said.

The importance of creating a support group and letting survivors know they are not alone is just one of the many goals of this event.

Hosted by Hubbard House, the money will go towards providing services to survivors of domestic violence and their families, says CEO Dr Gail Patin.

“This is an opportunity for us to raise awareness of domestic violence, in a fun way. To come out and not just talk about something that’s sometimes hard to talk about, but celebrate the survivors to celebrate the victories they’ve had, celebrate what Jacksonville is doing to make this possible,” said Dr. Gail Patin, CEO of Hubbard House. .

According to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, in 2019, more than 8,000 domestic violence offenses were reported in Duval County, an increase of 13% from the previous year. Survivors and advocates at Saturday’s event raised awareness of the high numbers and shared their stories so others know they are not alone.

Some groups here like “men against violence against women” point to these high numbers and call on the community to support them.

“Unfortunately, the majority of domestic violence in this country is perpetrated by men against women. That’s why it’s so important that we’re here, helping and supporting Hubbard House and survivors and being part of the solution rather than the problem,” said Brandon Sherlinski, co-leader of Men Against Violence Against Women. . .

The event raised over $90,000 in fundraising, the money will be used to provide services to survivors of domestic violence and their families. The Hubbard House provides shelter and services such as relocation and counselling, among others, to survivors.

Anyone needing help, advice or other domestic violence services can visit the Hubbard House website here or call 1-800-799-SAFE (7233).

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