From whirling pinwheels to spinning bike wheels, Wilton is once again bringing the issue of domestic violence to the forefront during October, National Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

New this year is a “Ride to End Domestic Violence” on Thursday Oct. 22 at JoyRide Wilton Cycling Studio, a ‘spin raiser’ event sponsored by the Wilton Police Benevolent Association (PBA) to benefit the Domestic Violence Crisis Center. For more information or to register, please visit the JoyRide Wilton website.

Also new are purple pinwheels, in lieu of purple ribbons, planted by members of Wilton Teen PeaceWorks at the Wilton Gazebo. The pinwheels serve both to represent those who have been impacted by domestic violence and to raise awareness that intimate partner abuse exists in all of our communities. Another reminder will be the purple ribbon pins that Wilton police officers will wear on their uniforms throughout October and donation boxes to benefit DVCC at several local businesses.

Wilton Teen PeaceWorkers have also planned an awareness week at the high school and a bake sale fundraiser on Saturday, Oct. 17 in front of the Village Market. And on Thursday, Oct. 15, Wilton’s Open House gift shop will host its annual fundraiser for DVCC.

“Members of the Wilton community are consistently impressive in their efforts to create awareness about domestic violence and to support the DVCC, not only in October, but throughout the year,” said DVCC executive director Rachelle Kucera Mehra. “We are ever grateful to the Wilton Domestic Violence Task Force, Wilton Teen PeaceWorks, the Open House gift shop and the Wilton Police Department, whose Police Benevolent Association this year has organized its own fundraiser and awareness activities.”

The Domestic Violence Crisis Center is committed to promoting the fundamental right of all individuals to be safe in their personal relationships. With a professional staff of 45 people who have years of experience and advocacy in the field of domestic violence, dating violence and stalking, the agency offers confidential services at no charge, including court and legal services; group and individual counseling; SafeHouses; children’s services; SustainAbilityCT, a financial, education and housing advocacy program; medical advocacy; multilingual services; professional adult trainings; PeaceWorks prevention education; a 24-hour hotline (1-888-774-2900); and EsperanzaCT, a Spanish language website and 24-hour phone service line. DVCC is the only domestic violence agency serving the communities of Stamford, Norwalk, Westport, Darien, New Canaan, Wilton and Weston. For more information please call 203-588-9100 or visit their website.