MIDDLETOWN -- The second annual Walk To End The Silence was held Sunday to remember victims of domestic violence, especially 7-month-old Aaden Moreno after his father allegedly threw him off the Arrigoni bridge.
The Walk To End The Silence is about changing the dialogue around domestic violence,” said Dr. Kimberly Citron. She said the conversation needs to desperately change because one in three women and one in seven men are domestic violence victims.
“We see intimate partner violence in all sorts of relationships among all demographics of people.”
Lifelong state resident Casey Morley shared her story at Sunday’s walk.
“I had 50 years of abuse starting when I was a little girl.”
Morley chronicled her journey in a book. Because she wants people to understand that domestic violence exists everywhere.
“So many people have no idea what’s going on. So many people believe it’s like somewhere else.”
“Domestic violence touches everyone in some way shape or form. I think it’s safe to say that almost more than half of the arrests that officers make are domestic violence related and that’s staggering,” said Captain Gary Wallace who sees it regularly in Middletown.
But the hope is that walks like Sunday’s help the community take steps to better address the problem.
If you need help, call the State Domestic Violence Hotline at 888-774-2900 or click here for the New Horizon Domestic Violence Services