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October is recognized as Domestic Violence Awareness Month as part of a national movement to prevent and end domestic violence.

Domestic violence happens in all communities – including Lincoln County.  Bridgeway’s not-for-profit Terry L. Robertson center is a Division of Preferred Family Healthcare that was opened in 1998 as the community’s response to the problem. It was named to honor a Winfield woman killed at the hands of her intimate partner Christmas Eve 1994.  The Robertson Center’s dedicated team of advocates provides tools, resources, information and support to those that are suffering from domestic violence. By working together as a community, they can offer hope and safety to those in need, to ensure that every domestic violence victim in Lincoln County receives life-saving services and resources.

To raise awareness, show support and honor those impacted by domestic violence, the Terry L. Robertson Center, is hosting a Candlelight Vigil on Oct. 18.  

The vigil will be held at Fairgrounds Park (Duck Pond) from 6:30-8:30 p.m.  Several guest speakers will be in attendance, such as Sheriff John Cottle, Prosecuting Attorney Mike Wood, and Mary Sullivan-Thomas of Lincoln County’s Domestic Violence Board. 

Activities will be available for the kids, and K-9 Nitro will be out with Deputy Parker. Snow cones will also be provided by the Sheriff’s Department.

Violence does not discriminate and suffering from Domestic Violence is not a sign of weakness. Domestic violence is not limited to physical abuse. It can be verbal, mental, emotional, financial, etc.

The goal of Bridgeway’s Terry L. Robertson Center is to help people feel safe and empowered in a judgment free environment, so that they can focus on rebuilding their lives.

If you or someone you know is experiencing domestic violence, the Robertson Center’s hotline is available 24/7, (636) 224-1850 or toll free 1-877-462-1758, option 1 at the menu for Lincoln County. You can also contact Mary Jones, Community Manager at (636) 224-1864 or Rachel Lovelace, Outreach Specialist at (636)224-1860.  If you would like more information on our program or how you can help, please like our page on Facebook.

Always remember, you are not alone! 

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