ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Advocates for domestic violence victims came together Monday to mark the begininng of Domestic Violence Awareness Month in Alaska.
The event, at the Anchorage Museum, kicked off this year's theme of "Shed the Light," which hopes to bring domestic violence as an issue out into the open.
"When we say 'shed the light,' we want people to talk about what's happening in abusive relationships. We want victims to know they have resources and support and the community is not going to turn them away," said Suzi Pearson, the executive director of Abused Women's Aid in Crisis.
"One of the biggest problems in an abusive relationship is the isolation. An abuser will make sure a victim isn't able to talk to their family, friends. Without that ability to reach out and get support it's incredibly difficult," she said.
The event included representatives from the Governor's office, the Municipality of Anchorage, and Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson.