FARMINGTON — Participants in a March for Violence Free Communities carried messages to promote health and awareness through the streets of Farmington on Thursday night during the 14th annual Peace In Our Families march.

After gathering in Meetinghouse Park, about 40 members and supporters of the Peace In Our Families Coalition marched down Main Street across Broadway, down High Street and across South Street to the Old South Church. Sheriff Dennis Pike led the procession.

At the church, a speaker, award ceremony and speak out were planned. Peace In Our Families planned to honor the Sexual Assault Forensic Nurses (SAFEs) of Franklin County who help victims of sexual assault in the local communities.

People were also given a chance to speak out about their experiences, feelings and thoughts about the issues that Peace In Our Families Coalition deals with in Franklin County.

The coalition includes the Franklin County Children’s Task Force, Healthy Community Coalition, Safe Voices and Sexual Assault Victims Emergency Services.

A family violence prevention task force, Peace In Our Families’ mission is to reduce the incidents and severity of child abuse, domestic assault, sexual assault and other forms of interpersonal violence while working to change cultural beliefs and behaviors and promote healthy relationships.

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