Monique Walker, life coach, mother, medical student and speaker, knows what it's like to live in isolation due to domestic violence. In 2014, she fled an abusive household with her six children, settling in Colorado Springs where she found the support she needed to take control of her life once again. Now, she hopes to provide the same kind of support to others or, at the very least, ensure that others know that there is support available to them.
“Let’s have a serious community conversation,” she says. “It’s not just a Monique Walker issue. It’s a community issue.”
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will take place at Library 21c on Friday, Oct. 27. Organized by Walker and various local organizations, the event is meant to draw attention to the issue of domestic violence in honor of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and to gather supportive organizations under one roof.
Walker says that, when she began her journey, she found that the resources available to her were “fragmented,” making them difficult to navigate. With this event, she hopes to ease the process for others. “You never know whose life it may save,” she says. “[This] will give people the opportunity to recognize that even though there’s fragments that help within the community, there is help.”
During the event, in addition to providing information about programs and services, these organizations will lead self-awareness and self-defense training “for community empowerment.”
Walker hopes that offering this event to the community will not only help individuals, but perhaps highlight the seriousness of the issue of domestic violence for those that have not been directly affected.
She says: “If we all get on the same page as a community, and know that there are resources, hopefully it will help some people open their eyes.”