In honor of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, which is throughout October, Citrus County Abuse Shelter Association Inc. (CASA) organized its inaugural Step Up for Survivors domestic violence awareness walk, as a call to action for Citrus County to step up in the fight to end the violence in our homes and in our community.

Domestic violence awareness walk

Participants in Citrus County Abuse Shelter Association's (CASA) inaugural domestic violence awareness walk, pass in front of the mural Saturday, Oct. 1, on North Pine Avenue in Inverness. More than 150 women, men and children took part in the inaugural event in which individual walked a half-a-mile through downtown Inverness.

The event, which was family-friendly, free and open to the public, began at Inverness City Hall, where participants walked a half-a-mile through downtown Inverness to the Depot for a special presentation. All pre-registered attendees received a free CASA T-shirt and a special treat at the end of the walk.

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Domestic violence awareness walk

Amy Jackson writes a message on the back of her T-Shirt prior to the start of the inaugural domestic violence awareness walk hosted by CASA.

Jeff Bryan is executive editor of the Citrus County Chronicle. Contact him at jeff.bryan@chronicle or 352-564-2930.