By JB Clark/NEMS Daily Journal
TUPELO – Because domestic violence weighs heavy on Kaitlyn Kincade’s mind, she decided to use her senior project as a way to raise money and awareness for the cause.
Kincade was a victim of domestic violence during high school, so when it came time to choose a senior project, it was still fresh on her mind.
“I started thinking about my senior project, and they stated talking about different charities,” Kincade said. “I was still going through the healing and grieving process as well as extensive counseling. I decided, ‘Why not help people like me if no one else is going to?'”
Kincade organized the “Silence Hides Violence” 5k run to raise money for S.A.F.E., a free counseling center and safe house for victims of domestic violence in Tupelo.
The run, held last weekend, attracted 158 participants as well as outside donations, totaling $3,000.
Kincade donated the money to S.A.F.E. Friday, and the money will be used to support S.A.F.E.’s day care.
The day care is on site and available to the children of mothers staying in the safe house so they don’t have to worry about the father or abuser picking the child up.
According to the Department of Justice and Center for Disease Control, one in every four women is beat or raped by a partner during adulthood.
February is national dating violence awareness month and Deborah Yates, S.A.F.E.’s director, said warning signs of dating violence are quick involvement, bruising, asserting control and jealousy.
S.A.F.E. provides free counseling and support groups to victims of domestic violence and offers a 24-hour crisis line at (800) 527-7233.