The Harbor sponsored a 5k to take a stand against domestic violence


By Sue Cody 

Healthy Homes groupAstoria High School football players and cross country runners showed support for Domestic Violence Awareness at the “Healthy Homes” event Oct. 3. The run/walk along the Astoria Riverwalk was sponsored by Clatsop County Domestic Violence Council and Astoria Parks and Recreation.

“It’s important to bring awareness to the problem” of domestic violence, said Astoria High School Athletic Director and football coach Howard Rub.


At the beginning of the football season, the team set core values, Rub said. That included teaching the young men to show respect for women. “This ties into that. We want to be part of this and support the cause.”


The “Healthy Homes – Taking a Stand Against Domestic Violence 5K Fun Run/Walk” attracted people of all ages.


Healthy homes Mayor LaMearAstoria Mayor Arline LaMear read a proclamation announcing October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month.


LaMear said during 13 years of working as a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) for neglected and abused children, she and her husband saw “some pretty horrific abuse – both domestic and sexual.”

“This is something that has made me very aware that it is not only something we need to make visible, but … we definitely need to take action against it.”


“I urge all Astoria residents to work together to eliminate domestic violence in our town and to become aware of the resources and programs available to domestic violence victims,” LaMear said.


Don’t just talk about domestic violence, but “do something about it,” said Clatsop County Deputy District Attorney Ron Brown.



The Harbor offers resources


The event was free, but donations were accepted for The Harbor, the local women’s resource center, housed at 1373 Duane St. A new location for The Harbor is being renovated at 10th and Duane streets.


Healthy Homes Fick 2“It is nice to have healthy relationships on the table,” said Andrew Fick. He is the chair of the Clatsop County Domestic Violence Council, a counselor at AHS and a cross-country coach.


“It is important to have the conversation about domestic violence,” Fick said. “We can talk about the issues and make the resources accessible.


“The Harbor is the most important resource. We want to let people know it’s there.”


The Harbor can connect people to other resources in the community. For information, call The Harbor office at 503-325-4962 or the crisis hotline at 503-325-5735.