Wilton is motivated and organized in the effort to raise awareness about domestic violence, and Tuesday morning, Oct. 8, members of the community turned out to state that loud and clear.

First Selectwoman Lynne Vanderslice read a proclamation declaring October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month to a group that assembled at Wilton High School. Among those in attendance were local officials–State Sen. Will Haskell, State Rep. Gail Lavielle, School Superintendent Kevin Smith, WHS principal Robert O’Donnell, Wilton Police Captain Rob Cipolla and Wilton Social Services director Sarah Heath–as well as members of the Wilton Domestic Violence Task Force, the Domestic Violence Crisis Center of CT, Wilton police officers, teachers and students.

This annual ceremony has historically been held at Town Hall, but this year organizers moved it to the high school in recognition of the work many of the students have done to raise awareness of the issue, through the Teen PeaceWorks efforts..

Later this month members of the task force and PeaceWorks will be placing purple pinwheels in town–one for each family violence call received by the Wilton Police Department this year.

 

Editor’s note:  Vanderslice is running for re-election.