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Local walk to ‘step out’ against domestic abuse

Jim Paradis will perform his song, “The Calm Before the Storm,” during the walk to raise awareness of domestic abuse on Sunday, Oct. 2 at 1 p.m. (click for larger version)
September 18, 2011
BRIMFIELD — Members of the Tri-Town Domestic Violence Task Force are preparing for the fourth annual 1.6-mile walk called “Stepping out Against Domestic Abuse and Walking Toward Community Awareness.”

The walk will take place rain or shine on Sunday, Oct. 2 at 1 p.m., and adults and children are encouraged to participate. The Tri-Town Domestic Violence Task Force was established by residents of Brimfield, Holland, and Wales in partnership with the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission after Sheryl Crane, a former Hitchcock Free Academy employee, was killed back in 2001 as a result of a domestic violence incident.

“Three women are murdered every day in the United States by their husbands or partners,” said Margo Chevers, the chairman of this year’s walk. “Even worse, thousands of other women are badly injured because of domestic abuse. Our goal is to educate people about this major problem and raise awareness that it exists in every community and all walks of life.”

Susan Gregory, the executive director of Hitchcock Free Academy, has participated in previous walks because Crane was one of her coworkers and friends. Gregory’s brother, Jim Paradis, will provide musical entertainment to guests by singing The Calm Before the Storm, which tells the story of a woman in a violent relationship who savors the calm hours before her partner returns home and batters her.

For more on this story, please see tomorrow's Southbridge Evening News.

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