Following the death of Leesburg resident Christina Fisher at the hands of a former boyfriend earlier this year, the cry went out for help for victims of domestic violence.
“After this horrific incident, I felt compelled to do something so that no other woman would have to endure this,” stated Derek Summers, Jr., founder and chairman of the Citizen’s Committee Against Domestic Violence—It Takes Our Village. “I am a father. I have daughters. I could not stand by and not take action. I want to ensure that everyone in my community knows about the resources that are available to help them if they were in this type of situation.”
The organizers of the Meet and Greet and Community Information Expo realized that, although there are resources available for domestic violence victims in Loudoun, there are people who haven’t been connected to them.
“I realize there are members of the Leesburg community where Ms. Fisher lived, just steps away from the County Government Center, who are largely unaware of the resources available to them,” Loudoun County Chairwoman Phyllis J. Randall (D-At Large) stated. She met Leesburg residents during a vigil for Fisher and offered to help them get the word out about what’s already available for victims and to prevent further domestic violence.
“I want to help empower these citizens and encourage them to use this tragedy to begin conversations about domestic violence and to share the resources that exist in the Loudoun community,” Randall said. “Given the fact that Loudoun experienced two domestic violence-related homicides within the first two months of 2016, this event felt timely, relevant and necessary.”
The inaugural event will provide the public with information from the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office, the Leesburg Police Department, the Loudoun Abused Women’s Shelter (LAWS), Loudoun Interfaith Relief, the Loudoun Free Clinic, the YMCA of Loudoun, Women Giving Back, and the Loudoun County Health Department, among others. This family-oriented community expo will have a donation station available accepting clean clothes, non-perishable food items and school supplies, which will all benefit local Loudoun County charities and nonprofit organizations. There will also be activities for children throughout the day.
The expo will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 27 at the Douglass School Playground Pavilion, 407 E. Market St. in Leesburg. For more information, contact the Citizen’s Committee Against Domestic Violence—It Takes Our Village at firstname.lastname@example.org or 703-297-2075.