7th Annual Flowers on the River event honors local lives lost to domestic violence

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7th Annual Flowers on the River event honors local lives lost to domestic violence

ROCK ISLAND, Illinois  – The 7th annual Flowers on the River event will be held 5-6 p.m. Thursday, June 14 at Schwiebert Park in Rock Island, Illinois. This event is hosted by Family Resources’ Engaging Males program and the Elephant Club to remember and honor local victims who have lost their lives to domestic abuse. Names will be read aloud and a flower will be placed in the river to honor each life lost. 

Attendees include community resource partners, local law enforcement, and families of the victims. Participants of Flowers on the River include Family Resources staff, Elephant Club members, WQAD's Matt Randazzo, and Davenport Central High School students. The public is welcome to join.

In 2016, 9 women in Iowa and 46 adult women in Illinois were killed in domestic abuse murders. A majority of the women were killed by a spouse or former spouse. In 2017, 6 women in Iowa were killed in domestic abuse murders. 

The Elephant Club is a group of men and volunteers who serve as positive role models for men, women, and children in our community. The problem of violence against women cannot be solved by women alone. The Elephant Club members stand as witnesses that violence against women and children will not be tolerated. Members define their societal responsibility as men through love, care, and respect for others.  The Elephant Club works closely with Family Resources’ Engaging Males program to provide mentorship to youth in our communities. 

For more information about the Engaging Males program or Flowers on the River, please contact Alan Vrombaut at 563-468-2199. For 24-hour free crisis line response, please call 866-921-3354. For more information on Family Resources’ Survivor Services, please visit www.famres.org. 

About Family Resources, Inc. 
Family Resources is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) founded in 1849 with a mission to strengthen children, families, and individuals by providing quality services that engage community resources to create effective solutions. Family Resources provides services throughout eastern Iowa and western Illinois with main campuses in Clinton, Muscatine, Davenport and Moline. For more information, please visit www.famres.org.