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"Running for Jenny" team fights domestic violence

Caroline MacGregor
May 8, 2014 | WGVU  
 “My name is Kylene Dalton-Koons - program director at Safe Haven ministries. We offer shelter and support to women who are victims of emotional and domestic violence.”

In order to honor a local woman’s story of domestic violence, Safe Haven created the Running with Jenny team, which will have over 200 men, women and children joining together at this Saturday’s River Bank Run.

 “Running for Jenny started in 2012 in response to domestic homicide that occurred in our city on July 7th, 2011. A lot of people read about and heard about that; not a lot of people realized that was the result of domestic violence.”

Dalton-Koons went on to say that 75% of domestic homicides occur after a woman has left the relationship, or preparing to leave an abusive relationship. This is exactly what we saw in Jenny’s story from 2011, who left the relationship 3 days prior to her murder.

However, domestic violence isn’t always this extreme but a recent CDC report said that up to one in three women in Michigan are victims of domestic violence. The running team will raise money for Safe Haven’s shelter, prevention, and education programs to help avoid incidents like this from happening.

Domestic violence is defined as a pattern of abusive behavior in a relationship used by one partner to gain or maintain power and control over another intimate partner. Domestic violence can be physical, sexual, emotional, economic, or psychological actions like manipulation and control. Fear and insecurity are often at the root of the abuser's actions.

More information can be found online at SafeHavenMinistries.org or in person at The Fifth Third River Bank Run this Saturday.  

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