Human chain event brings attention to domestic violence

Updated: Oct. 2, 2016 at 11:00 PM CDT
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HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) - Sunday North Alabamians held hands and took a pledge committing themselves to a life, free of violence and abuse.

Asha Kiran is a Huntsville organization dedicated to helping educate South Asian and other foreign-born origins, as well as providing confidential services to people experiencing violent or traumatic situations. Asha Kiran means "a ray of hope," and Sunday the organization was one of many to shine light on domestic violence.

"They bring hope and services to help victims or survivors for domestic violence," Patricia Butts of Alabama Coalition against Domestic Violence said.

Huntsville Police Department and Madison County Sheriff's Office responded to thousands of domestic violence calls in 2015, according to Asha Kiran. A police officer attending the event said Huntsville Police alone arrested more than 1,000 people for domestic violence-related crimes in 2015.

"It takes us all to end this societal issue," Butts said.

A leader of Asha Kiran told WAFF 48 she hopes the event allows people to learn more about an important issue.

"People may hear and learn about the violence and learn that they can get help," Bhavani Kakani said. "When we respect each other we may minimize the violence we're doing, and we may become cognizant of it," she continued.

October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

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