Justice Run Recognizes Domestic Violence Awareness Month

The 2012 Justice Run welcomed over 400 participants and raised $12,000.
The 2012 Justice Run welcomed over 400 participants and raised $12,000.

Tulare County District Attorney Tim Ward will host the 3rd Annual Justice Run 5K race/1 mile walk at Mooney Grove Park on Saturday, October 12, as part of Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

Proceeds will benefit Family Services of Tulare County and the Central California Family Crisis Center, which provide shelter and other services to victims of domestic violence and their children. Participants are also encouraged to bring unopened toiletry items (hotel sized shampoo, lotion and soap) to the event to donate to the shelters.

The 2012 Justice Run welcomed over 400 participants and raised $12,000. Proceeds helped to fund housing and supportive services for victims and their families. These services include emergency assistance (such as transportation and food) counseling and long-term housing support.

“Domestic violence is an assault on the very fabric of our society – the family,” said Ward. “It has far-reaching and devastating effects resulting in mental and physical trauma to women and children that seriously affects our community and schools. These effects have led me to create an enhanced prosecution team and triple the number the number of prosecutors who focus exclusively on prosecuting those who would attempt to harm our families and our way of life. The Office of the District Attorney is taking a greater stand against domestic violence. Please join me in standing up against domestic violence by lending your support to the Justice Run.”

Members of law enforcement agencies and fire departments in Tulare County are invited to participate in the Justice Run as a competition among agencies. The first team member to cross the finish line will receive a plaque for his or her agency to commemorate the event.

Partner agencies will have informational booth displays at the park and the District Attorney’s Office will provide information on its Victim/Witness Assistance Program.

Participants can register now through race-day. Registration is $30 per person and includes an event “tech” shirt (while supplies last) and goody bag.

Registration forms are available at www.da-tulareco.org/justicerun.htm to mail in; online on Active.com using a credit card (a small processing fee will be applied to online registrations); at Sole 2 Sole Sports, 4241 S. Mooney Blvd. Visalia; or at the Victim/Witness Assistance Program of the District Attorney’s Office, 221 S. Mooney Blvd., Room 264, Visalia.
Completed forms and checks payable to Family Services of Tulare County – Justice Run should be mailed to: DA Victim/Witness Program Justice Run, 221 S. Mooney Blvd. Room 264, Visalia, CA 93291. For sponsorship opportunities, contact Jennifer Lightfoot, Victim Witness Program director at 636-5471.

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