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Letter

Let’s talk about domestic violence

To the editor:

This beautiful area in which we have the privilege to live and work surrounds us with blessings. Yet, the families that call our community home struggle with serious, and often secret, burdens. Many of the challenges facing this region are beyond our power to change. However, as civic leaders, volunteers and neighbors, we can transform the dialogue around domestic violence.

Violence and intimidation can be present in homes that outwardly appear happy. You may be aware of these circumstances within your own neighborhood. People may find it hard to speak about their experiences, especially if they are afraid of public judgment or blame. Community leaders can unintentionally continue harm, deepening the silence on both sides. No one deserves this suffering.

Peterborough United Methodist Church is continuing a conversation about domestic violence with a forum for local leaders and community members at the church on May 29 at 7 p.m. in partnership with Monadnock Center for Violence Prevention. This is our chance to speak the truth in love about this issue. This is also an opportunity to learn from each others’ experiences. Please bring your voice. We have the power to fight the stigma of domestic violence in our town. Together, we can present a safe and open-minded invitation to our community to speak out about this issue, help MCVP reach the people who need their assistance, and support each other in planning for a safer, hopeful future.

Pastor Lourey Savick

Peterborough United Methodist Church

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