Empowerment event this Sunday to raise awareness

by Trish Rudder

An event to raise awareness about emotional abuse will be held on Sunday, October 6, at the Fairfax Coffee House on Fairfax Street in Berkeley Springs

from 4 to 6 p.m.

Called the Path to Empowerment, it will include speakers from the Eastern Panhandle Empowerment Center (EPEC) and Stepping Stones to a Brighter Future about the warning signs in relationships that can lead to emotional and domestic violence. The event is sponsored by the two organizations as well as the 2019 Shimmy Mob team who will provide music and dance performances.

Town of Bath councilwoman, Rose Jackson, a Morgan County Advocate for EPEC, said “I am very much looking forward to the gathering of people who are interested in this issue and that may have been touched by this issue in some fashion.”

EPEC’s mission is to protect victims, prevent violence, and empower survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking, and human trafficking.

“We accomplish this by providing victims and survivors and the resources

necessary to effectively cope with the personal, social, emotional and legal ramifications of victimization,” Jackson said.

The goal for Stepping Stones to a Brighter Future is to assist domestic violence survivors and victims with support and provide a roadmap for learning life skills necessary to succeed, she said.

“The more domestic violence is brought into the light, the more people will talk about it and become aware it happens in our community. We hope everyone will come out and join us to build a stronger and kinder community,” Jackson said.