It happens too often. It shatters children who see it happening in the place they are supposed to be safe. Often it is like an infection, cursing generation after generation.
It is domestic violence.
During the last year, October to October, the Payson Time Out Shelter for the victims of domestic violence has served 223 in-residence clients, providing both shelter and services. It has also served 142 non-residence clients with its assorted services.
October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month and Time Out Inc., with its shelter for victims of domestic violence, has a series of activities scheduled over the next several weeks.
Oct. 6 the Third Annual Hands Across Payson will be at the Time Out Thrift Store, 500 S. Beeline, from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Oct. 7 is the Soroptimist Day of Unity with the distribution of hotline cards in the workplace.
Oct. 10 domestic violence is the topic on Rim Country Forum with Don Holcombe, starting at 9 a.m. on 1420 KMOG.
Oct. 12 educational material and ribbons will be handed out at Safeway from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Oct. 17 is the annual Candlelight Walk and Vigil. Everyone is invited to participate by meeting in the parking lot of the First Southern Baptist Church at 5:45 p.m. At 6 p.m. participants will leave the parking lot and walk to the Payson Town Hall where there will be a short program.
Oct. 19 educational materials and ribbons will be handed out at Bashas' and Wal-Mart from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Nov. 2 the sixth annual Fun Raiser Banquet is at 6 p.m. at Mario's, the cost is $35 per person.
For information about the events or to purchase tickets, call 472-8007.