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Domestic Violence Memorial Service at AMH Oct. 19

ALTON, IL – To shed light on domestic violence and remember the victims and their families, Alton Memorial Hospital is serving as host for a special memorial
service from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 19, in the AMH Healing Garden.

In case of inclement weather, the event would be moved inside to the AMH chapel. The event is open to the community, families of domestic violence victims,
school administrators, clergy, law enforcement, and state and local dignitaries. Refreshments will be served.

Speakers will include Judge Maureen Schuette, co-chair of the Steering Committee for the Illinois Family Violence Coordinating Council, Madison County
Coroner Stephen Nonn; Alton Mayor David Goins; and Marcos Pulido, chief of the Alton Police Department. Also, a survivor of domestic violence will speak about her own experiences and healing from abuse.

Since the event has not been held since 2019 due to COVID, a total of 14 victims from Madison County who have died in domestic violence-related circumstances since that time will be remembered. Since 1996, there have been more than 100 victims of abuse who have died in Madison County.

Because of the prevalence of domestic violence, Alton Memorial Hospital in 2002 began screening for domestic violence everyone 12 and older who was being assessed in the hospital. Trained staff members confidentially ask these patients if they feel safe at home or have experienced mental, physical or sexual abuse.

Alton Memorial supports a coordinated domestic violence committee that includes members from the hospital staff, Zonta Club of Alton-Wood River, Oasis Women’s Center and the Third Judicial Circuit Family Violence Prevention Council.

On display at the event will be the Madison County Clothesline Exhibit from the Oasis Women’s Center, created by women and children who have suffered from domestic violence. There will also be resource tables with representatives from the Madison County Child Advocacy Center; Refuge; the Zonta Club of Alton/Wood River; Alton YWCA; Call for Help Sexual Assault Victims’ Care Unit; Riverbend Family Ministries; Amare; and Oasis Women’s
Center.

“This annual memorial service is very important,” Judge Schuette said. “We will never forget those who have died as a result of abuse. We encourage everyone
to join us. We want to let the community know that resources are available, and lives can be turned around with assistance.”

If you are a victim of domestic violence and need help, call 618-465-1978. For more information on the memorial service, please contact Tina Culp at 618-465-
1978 or [email protected]

Chris Rhodes
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