Dublin organization pays tribute to survivors of domestic violence

Women in Need of God’s Shelter, or WINGS, took time to remember the victims, honor the survivors, and call attention to the issue.

DUBLIN, Ga. — A Dublin organization held a candlelight vigil on Tuesday in honor of Domestic Violence Awareness Month. The group Women in Need of God’s Refuge, or WINGS, taken the time to remember the victims, honor the survivors and raise awareness.

Music, poetry and candlelight filled the streets of Dublin city center as people paid tribute to victims of domestic abuse, victims like Staff Sergeant Katherine Price.

Chari White says her cousin Katherine was the victim of a murder-suicide by her husband in Centerville in 2021.

“She was a mother, a business owner, a valued member of the Georgia National Guard, a dedicated colleague, a beloved daughter, a wife,” White said. “After the news broke, many stood in shock, in pain, wishing it was a horrible nightmare and that she had left him long before now,” White said.

Price served in the Georgia National Guard until her husband Timothy killed them both in a murder-suicide, leaving behind their three children.

“While we all think about how children are affected. Sometimes we really don’t know how affected children are and they experience their grief in a way they may not have the words to express,” White said.

WINGS provides information, encouragement and support to enable survivors to provide a safe and stable environment for themselves and their children.

Outreach coordinator Laurie Martin says most of the time people focus on the deadly effects of domestic violence.

“Let’s not forget that for every name on a list of victims, there are hundreds, if not thousands, who still suffer daily abuse and struggle every day to overcome the many obstacles to achieving a safe and secure home. steady,” Martin said.

“Value these days, value this time. We never know when it’s going to be the last day, and it’s hard to live with regret for things about her and other conversations that I wanted to have,” White said.

White works as a social work intern for WINGS. She says there is no shame in reaching out to someone and there is help for those who find themselves in these situations.

If you are someone who suffers from domestic violence, visit the WINGS website.

Virginia S. Braud