Hundreds lace up to battle domestic violence

Hundreds lace up to battle domestic violence (Image 1)

Hundreds of people laced up their shoes Saturday morning to help battle domestic violence. Some victims, some survivors, others just supporters came out for the 'Walk with the Stars 5K.'

“It's all of ours first 5K. It went great. We did wonderful, we finished just the best feeling in the world and I'm glad to do it for such a good cause and we know some survivors of domestic violence so this is hitting home for all of us,” walker Michelle Bentley told Nashville's News 2.

“I have friends and relatives that have been victims of domestic abuse and been involved in those peoples life's so the opportunity to support a refuge for them was a great honor,” explained Emily Wallis.

Startling domestic violence statistics lined the path, as the walkers headed out into Centennial Park. 

“Unbelievable, Tennessee has gone from fifth, two years ago, to third now in the murder rate of woman at the hands of an abuser,” Morning Star Sanctuary Executive Director John Pugh told News 2.  

“Our program is centered around hope and opportunity,” he continued.  

The safe shelter not only houses those in need, but provides support groups and counseling for abused families. The shelter is run solely by volunteers. If you didn't make it out to the walk they could still use your support.

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