FORT WAYNE, Ind. (21Alive) -- October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month.
The issue affects millions of people in the United States.
The local Young Women’s Christian Association kicked off the month with the annual "Flowers on the River" event Tuesday.
Dozens of people collected flowers at the YWCA, walked to the Martin Luther King Bridge and dropped the flowers into the Saint Mary’s River.
The flowers symbolize a path to a new life for all victims.
“This is the day that we commemorate all of those that have been touched by domestic violence,” said Debby Beckman CEO YWCA Northeast Indiana. “It’s our way of saying, you know, it's a time to reflect on people that have been touched, people that have survived domestic violence situations and went on for a better life.”
The YWCA will be holding a number of events throughout the month to raise awareness of domestic violence.
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