Cities take part in domestic violence awareness

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SNOQUALMIE VALLEY - Linda Beckvold knows the value of a stable place to live.

A year ago Beckvold was trying to get away from drugs and an abusive relationship. After bouncing around friends' homes, Beckvold heard of the House of Hope, a shelter for women and children located in the Snoqualmie Valley. She liked the name and gave them a call. It was scary to give up everything and move with her young child, Beckvold said, but it was one of the most important decisions she's ever made.

"When I thought of 'shelter,' I thought of an old hospital with a bunch of beds," she said. "I never knew I could come to a place where there was family and love."

Beckvold got into the House of Hope and away from her abuser, but it took friends and advocates to convince her to leave and find help. This advice doesn't always come and it is not always heard. That is why the Eastside Domestic Violence Program (EDVP) is spending October helping cities all over the Eastside educate themselves about the presence of domestic violence, the resources available for those who suffer it and ways to fight it.

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