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Domestic Violence Awareness Month

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As of Monday, a new tree stands in front of the Buffalo Wild Wings on Allentown Road as a way to bring awareness to the community. As of Monday, a new tree stands in front of the Buffalo Wild Wings on Allentown Road as a way to bring awareness to the community.
If you or anyone you know is a victim of domestic violence there is help. If you or anyone you know is a victim of domestic violence there is help.

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month which means you'll be seeing purple trees around town.

For 18 years the Crossroads Crisis Center of Lima plants these purple trees around town. Executive Director of Crossroads Crisis Center, Christel Keller says the trees represents the victims and survivors of domestic violence .

"It’s still so behind closed doors that the community doesn’t realize how much it does affect them. Almost everybody knows somebody that’s in a domestic violence relationship or has been in the past, it can be somebody that works with you you can be your neighbor it can be your child’s friends' parents somebody is suffering from domestic violence all over the community," says Keller. 

As of Monday, a new tree stands in front of the Buffalo Wild Wings on Allentown Road as a way to bring awareness to the community.

"I know a lot of women and I know a lot of men that have been abused both sexes and I know a lot of people that are involved one of them I’m married to," says Richie Crouch, Sales and Marketing Director for BWW.

His wife who is now after 30 years a survivor of domestic abuse.

"Things have come along way and you have so much help nowadays you should never stay in an abusive relationship," says Judy Crouch, Survivor of Domestic Abuse. 

Along with the new addition of the tree, a proclamation was read by Allen County Commissioner Cory Noonan to celebrate survivors and mourn the victims.
Keller says the first step to getting help is recognizing the signs of an abusive partner.

"Even if you have a little bit of an idea like maybe somebody always wants to look through your phone and it just doesn’t feel quite right but it doesn’t seem abusive to you call us and talk to us about it 24/7 we always have advocates there you know, you probably are a victim and you just don’t realize it," says Keller.

If you or anyone you know is a victim of domestic violence there is help. You can call (419)228-HELP. They are available 24/7 and it's completely confidential.

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