Fayetteville NOW Domestic Violence Awareness Event – 12/3/16

Fayetteville NOW does an annual wreath-laying ceremony to promote better awareness of domestic violence.  This is the eighth year that Fayetteville NOW has done this ceremony and lays a wreath on the grave where domestic violence victim Beryl Mitchell is buried. In 1974, Mitchell was murdered by her husband, who was later convicted of the crime. Mitchell’s daughter has attended ceremonies in the past.

Fayetteville NOW group at wreath laying ceremony, 12/3/16. Photo Credit: Roberta Waddle

This event was Saturday, Dec 3, at 11 a.m. at Lafayette Memorial Park on Ramsey Street.

Beryl Mitchell’s grave

Fayetteville NOW’s press release included education on domestic violence and about Beryl Mitchell’s case. First to note that domestic violence affects everyone. Then it talks about Mitchell’s sad case specifically. At the end, the press release mentions Fayetteville NOW’s longtime interest in stopping violence against women, and what they do.

• About 1 in 3 American women have been physically or sexually abused by a husband or boyfriend at some point in their lives. (Commonwealth Fund, Health Concerns Across a Woman’s Lifespan: the Commonwealth Fund 1998 Survey of Women’s Health, 1999)

“In 1974 Beryl Mitchell was murdered in Fayetteville by her active duty military husband. They had two young children. Until nine years ago her grave had no headstone. Then her daughter, Christine Horne returned to Fayetteville to dedicate a headstone for Beryl’s grave. At that time, some members of Fayetteville NOW (National Organization for Women) vowed to lay a wreath on her grave each year in her memory.”

“Fayetteville NOW has a long history of working against violence against women by supporting the CARE Center Shelter for abused women, participating in the annual Vigils during domestic violence awareness month in October. We have also participated in several national marches for women’s lives in Washington, DC. We have participated in forums and seminars with military and support personnel to reduce violence in military families. “

See the whole press advisory at Fayetteville NOW DV Ceremony Press Advisory.22nov2016

Fayetteville Observer article on Dec 2, 2016 focused on the event. See “Fayetteville NOW to lay wreath for domestic-violence awareness,” 12/2/16, Fayetteville Observer.

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