5K honors victims of domestic violence

CHESTERFIELD, VA (WWBT) - A group of victims of domestic violence and friends walked a 5K at Meadowbrook High School, Saturday.

It was in honor of the victims and the officers killed while responding to calls of domestic violence. The purple ribbon they wore represents a stance against domestic violence.

"Knowing that I'm not alone now, it means a lot to me, but back when I was going through what I was going through, I felt that I was alone and I didn't have any support," said Alicia Gent.

The turnout was modest, but the significance was great. It's the kind of support these victims need in order to move forward and help others.

"Taking what I've been through and helping others deal with what they're going through each and every other day; it's a challenge yet rewarding," Gent said.

Among the walkers was Andrea Evans who did the 5K in a wheelchair - she is still recovering from being shot multiple times by her husband who also shot and almost killed their daughter.

"I'm not happy that what happened to me and my daughter, but it happened God gave us another chance we're here," said Evans.

Evans came out to support the others. She inspired all.

"It brought tears to my eyes literally it's very very inspiring I'm for a woman to be and her daughter to have something like that happen, it's a tear jerker," said Gent.

If you know anyone who is dealing with violence in the home - call the Virginia Family Violence and Sexual Assault line at 1-800-838-8238. It's a 24 hour hotline.

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