Stopping traffic to stop domestic violence

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - For the second time, the Muscogee County Solicitor General's Office blocked the corner of Wynnton Road and Buena Vista Road. The goal: to raise awareness through the congestion.

"We're trying to empower the community with information on domestic violence and where their resources are in the community," Rhonda Dial, organizer of the event explains.

Dial called on the Marshall's Office, the Muscogee County Sheriff's Department and the Columbus Police Department to help pass out 200 packets to drivers stopped at red lights. Each packet stuffed with information about how to spot domestic violence and where to go for help. It's something recipients call worth the delay.

"I really appreciate the road block for domestic violence because I was -- I used to get beat on by a man," said Margaret Richards, who dealt with domestic violence.

Statistics show more than 10 million men and women experience physical domestic violence each year. One in three women and one in four men will experience it in their lifetime, and Dial says the road block is geared to help stop that trend.

"They don't have to stay in an abusive relationship. No one has to stay in an abusive relationship," Dial adds.

While some drivers opted not to take the goody bags, Dial says knowledge is power. And no matter the month, driving out domestic violence is a collaborative effort.

"It doesn't matter who you are, where you are, what type of income you have, what your nationality is, you are not alone," said Dial. "Domestic violence is everywhere across the board."

On a typical day there are around 20,000 calls to domestic violence hotlines nationwide. Domestic violence awareness month lasts the entire month of October. For a list of organizations holding events as well as hotline numbers for our area, click here:

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