LEWISTON — Safe Voices will hold its Walk/Run to End Domestic Violence on Sunday, June 1. This is Safe Voices’ first year hosting its annual 5k Run to End Domestic Violence.

The 5k run starts at 9 a.m., and the walk starts at 10, both at Simard-Payne Memorial Park. Registration begins at 8 a.m. for both events.

The purpose of the walk/run is to bring awareness to the issue of domestic abuse and support the right of every person to feel safe and live free from violence. All money raised will support services to victims of domestic abuse in Androscoggin, Franklin and Oxford Counties. Participants raise money by collecting pledges, walking and registering for the 5k. Refreshments will be available, as well as activities for children.

In 2013, Safe Voices provided 11,114 hours of advocacy to victims of domestic violence, 4,376 shelter bed nights and education to 4,172 participants. Every year approximately half of all murders in Maine are the result of domestic violence. By providing one-on-one advocacy, court services, emergency shelter and community education, Safe Voices works to make communities safer for everyone.

That goal cannot be achieved without the support of the individuals and businesses in the three counties Safe Voices serves. Participants can enter the Walk to End Domestic Violence as individuals or as teams. Well-behaved dogs on leashes are also welcome.

Registration will be available via www.safevoices.org. There is also a fundraising form available for everyone who wants to help us raise money. Prizes will be given at different fundraising levels; top tier runners per age group will also be awarded. Those who register before May 18 will receive a special giveaway.

For more information, contact 795-6744 or [email protected]

If you are concerned that someone you know may be a victim of domestic violence and would like to receive information and support, Safe Voices has a free, confidential helpline available 24 hours a day at 1-800-559-2927.

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