By Cherri Gregg
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Thousands are expected to gather on West River Drive in Philadelphia tomorrow for the 5th Annual Walk to End Domestic Violence, which will raise money for city’s only 24-hour hotline for victims.
“Many people don’t know what to do or where to go.”
State Senator Leanna Washington is a 43 year survivor of domestic violence and will host tomorrow’s walk. She says there were 166 domestic-violence related fatalities in Pennsylvania last year, with 47 occurring in the greater Philadelphia area. But the problem is much larger– Philadelphia’s Domestic Violence hotline took more than 9,000 calls in 2011.
“It’s not just a women’s issue even though it started out as helping women being beat by men. Today, its also for men who are being abused by women.”
Registration for the walk begins at 9 am Saturday and costs $5.
To access the free 24-hour Domestic Violence Hotline call 1.866.723.3014. For more info on the hotline, click here.