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March 10, 2003

Domestic Violence Memorial March: Advocacy Council Invites Citizens to March Silently

Charlotte, NC – Tomorrow, March 11, 2003, men and women from Mecklenburg will march in memory of a woman who lost her life this weekend due to domestic violence.  The march will begin at 5:15 p.m. on the square at Trade and Tryon Streets in Charlotte.  Participants are encouraged to wear black.

This will be the third march this year memorializing a murder victim due to domestic violence in Mecklenburg County.  Joyce Miller Gaddy, 34, was found in the front yard of her Charlotte home on Saturday morning.  Charlotte-Mecklenburg police have charged her partner with the murder. 

The memorial march is organized by the Domestic Violence Advocacy Council, which includes representatives from: Mecklenburg County Women's Commission, Department of Social Services, Sheriff's Office, Shelter for Battered Women, Women First, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department-Domestic Violence Unit, Community Link, United Way and others. 

The Domestic Violence Advocacy Council will continue to organize these marches every Tuesday following a domestic violence-related murder in Mecklenburg County.  They will take place at the same time and location.  These ongoing marches have three objectives:

· To pay tribute to those who fall victim to the all-too-common violent crime of domestic violence.
· To underscore to the community the scale of the problem of domestic abuse and its effects on the community.
· To galvanize the community in the effort to reduce domestic abuse through support of victims and intervention for batterers.

Free parking for the march is available at the Hal Marshall County Services Center at 700 North Tryon Street or the 7th Street Station parking garage.  A free trolley runs the length of Tryon Street every seven minutes.

For more information on the effects of domestic violence in our community, call the Mecklenburg County Women's Commission at (704) 336-3210 or the Shelter for Battered Women 24-hour hotline at (704) 332-2513.

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