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Dozens sign San Angelo pledge wall supporting the battle against domestic violence

The San Angelo Standard-Times logo The San Angelo Standard-Times 10/16/2020 Colin Murphey, San Angelo Standard-Times

SAN ANGELO — Dozens of people showed up to sign the men's pledge wall at the Family Shelter in downtown San Angelo on Thursday in the second of a series of events during National Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

The event was designed specifically to give men the chance to demonstrate solidarity with women in the fight against domestic violence. Rebecca Alexander, Northern Outreach Coordinator with the Family Shelter, said the event was a way to let men know they are also a stakeholder in dealing with a scourge that left 182 victims dead in Texas in 2019.

a person holding a cell phone: Richard Marshall signs the men's pledge wall at the Family Shelter in San Angelo on Thursday, Oct. 15, 2020. © Colin Murphey / San Angelo Standard-Times Richard Marshall signs the men's pledge wall at the Family Shelter in San Angelo on Thursday, Oct. 15, 2020.

"For too long, domestic violence has been considered exclusively a women's issue," Alexander said. "But now, men are recognizing that domestic violence must no longer be viewed as a problem only affecting women. Partner abuse is a problem that affects all of us, overwhelming our courts and hospitals, spilling over into our streets and filling our morgues. Men must be a part of the solution if we are to halt the deadly toll that the epidemic is taking."

Richard Marshall signs the men's pledge wall at the Family Shelter in San Angelo on Thursday, Oct. 15, 2020. © Colin Murphey / San Angelo Standard-Times Richard Marshall signs the men's pledge wall at the Family Shelter in San Angelo on Thursday, Oct. 15, 2020. a group of people standing in front of a building: Handprints on a pledge wall, seen in this Thursday, Oct. 15, 2020 photo, signify San Angelo men supporting women during National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. © Colin Murphey / San Angelo Standard-Times Handprints on a pledge wall, seen in this Thursday, Oct. 15, 2020 photo, signify San Angelo men supporting women during National Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

A third upcoming event encourages people to wear the color purple Oct. 22. The fourth scheduled event is a candlelight vigil Thursday, Oct. 29, honoring the names of family violence victims in 2019. The candlelight vigil will be near the Family Shelter at 79 Gillis St. in downtown San Angelo.

text: Handprints on a pledge wall, seen in this Thursday, Oct. 15, 2020 photo, signify San Angelo men supporting women during National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. © Colin Murphey / San Angelo Standard-Times Handprints on a pledge wall, seen in this Thursday, Oct. 15, 2020 photo, signify San Angelo men supporting women during National Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

Colin Murphey is a photojournalist covering all things in West Texas for the San Angelo Standard-Times. Send him a news tip at CMurphey@gannett.com. Consider supporting West Texas journalism with a subscription to GoSanAngelo.com.

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