Thursday, October 19, 2000

Two rallies offer support for victories over violence

By Jenny Callison
Enquirer Contributor

        HAMILTON — The candles held by more than 100 people Wednesday night burned for hope, courage and victory over domestic violence.

        Their flames lit the sixth annual Candlelight Vigil and Rally held by Hamilton's YWCA and Dove House Protective Shelter.

        “Seven years ago our daughter was murdered by an ex-boyfriend stalker,” said Jim Croucher, explaining that Tina Croucher was a Miami University student when she was shot in the Crouchers' Monroe home.

        “We started Citizens Against Domestic Violence and we speak to high school and college classes in this area,” said his wife, Elsa.

        Hamilton was the scene of another anti-violence event Tuesday, when Victims United held its annual candlelight vigil at the Government Services Center.

        Madge Burton said she started the emotional support organization in 1987, three years after two daughters and a granddaughter were murdered.

        “A mother never gets over the death of a child,” said the Oxford resident.

        The Domestic Violence crisis line is (800) 618-6523. Victims United can be reached at 523-6928 or 868-9216.


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