TONAWANDA, N.Y. (WKBW) - A new effort is underway to break the cycle of violence against women.
There are plans to create a tribute garden to honor fallen domestic violence victims and survivors.
It's a public reminder of how prevalent this problem is in our community.
It's a beautiful, serene spot along the bike path in Tonawanda's Isle View Park, but soon, it will take on new meaning. It is the planned site for a tribute garden. It's a place to honor all those affected by domestic violence.
Sawrie Becker of the Erie County Commission on the Status of Women is teaming up with many other local agencies on this project, bringing out in the open a problem that is so often swept under the rug.
Helping to break the cycle is an annual bike-a-thon. The event has been held the past four years to support domestic violence programs in Erie County, and now it will help fund the tribute garden, empowering women to take back their lives.
The design includes thresholds, an ampitheater and benches, creating a permanent, public place where domestic violence victims can find love, dignity and respect.
The Break the Cycle bike-a-thon to raise money for the garden will be held Saturday, September 28 at Isle View Park in Tonawanda, starting at ten in the morning.
For more information on the bike-a-thon or if you need help escaping an abusive relationship, click on News Links and we'll connect you with the tribute garden website where under the "About" section is a list of the many agencies that can help victims break free.