ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) – The Roanoke Valley Prevention Council is hosting its 16th annual “Walk in Their Shoes,” domestic violence awareness event on Friday, Oct. 20 at the Salvation Army of Roanoke.  

The event starting at noon will feature a presentation of the Heart Award honoring an individual who demonstrates outstanding service and support for victims and survivors. Roanoke City Council member Stephanie Moon Reynolds will also be presenting a proclamation from the City of Roanoke declaring Oct. as Domestic Violence Month.

The event will continue with a story of remembrance and resilience from a domestic violence survivor. This will be followed by a ceremony where the names of those who lost their lives to domestic violence will be read and displayed.  

Following this, Roanoke Police will invite everyone to walk in solidarity with survivors, activists, advocates, and victims’ families as a symbol of commitment to not be a silent witness to domestic violence happening in the community.  

The event will conclude with a resource fair to learn more about the services available in Roanoke.  

For more information about this event, the RVVPC, or local domestic violence services, please contact Anne Marie Green at (540) 339-9159.