SAFE San Juans recognizes abuse victims

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. On average in the United States, 20 people per minute are physically abused by intimate partners. An alarming 19 percent of these incidents involve a weapon. The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence states 1 in 3 female murder victims and 1 in 20 male murder victims are killed by intimate partners.

SAFE San Juans has created several opportunities to come together as a community. On Sunday, Oct. 1, join SAFE San Juans at the Brickworks, at 2 p.m. for the fifth annual Beautiful You Fashion Show. Enjoy refreshments while viewing featured fashions from local shops including: Be Chic, Girlfriends, 2nd Act, Kings Marine, The Studio and Deer Hazel with hair by Spa d’Bune. Tickets are $25 at participating businesses or online at

Join SAFE San Juans on Orcas at Random House on Sunday, Oct. 29, at 2 p.m. for the third annual Beautiful You Fashion Show, to enjoy refreshments while viewing featured fashions from local shops including: Sequel, Monkey Puzzle and more. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased at local Orcas businesses or online at

Another opportunity to show support is the “Remember My Name” silent witness vigils. These displays on San Juan, Orcas and Lopez are meant to honor those who died from domestic violence in 2016. Take some time to walk among the figures or write your thoughts in the journal. The first will be on Lopez on Oct. 3 at the Lopez Center front lawn. The San Juan Island vigil is set for Wednesday, Oct. 25 on the court house lawn, and the Orcas vigil is on Thursday, Oct. 26 across from The Village Green. Each of these vigils will take place at noon; this is a lunchtime event for the community to come together and remember the victims. They will read names and distribute flowers. The executive director and SAFE San Juans staff will be available to answer questions and provide support.