"Take A S.T.A.N.D. - Break The Silence" 10K/5K/RUN/WALK
november 16, 2013

River Legacy Park
703 n.w. green oaks blvd.
arlington, texas 76006

There is an epidemic that is sweeping our nation known as Domestic Violence.  This epidemic affects the lives of thousands of victims, survivors, their families, even affecting those who are called to serve and protect victims of violence.  Domestic Violence is defined as a pattern of behavior in any relationship that is used to gain or maintain power and control over an intimate partner. Abuse can be physical, sexual, emotional, economic or psychological actions or threats of actions that influence another person. This includes any behaviors that frighten, intimidate, terrorize, manipulate, hurt, humiliate, blame, injure or wound someone.

The impact of domestic violence is felt not only by the women, men and children involved, but by our community as a whole. Domestic Violence can happen to anyone of any race, age, sexual orientation, religion or gender. It can happen to couples who are married, living together or who are dating. Domestic Violence affects people of all socioeconomic backgrounds and education levels.

This is why, we, STRATEGIC PARTNERS AGAINST DOMESTIC VIOLENCE (representing various organizations), are teaming together.  There is a tremendous need for strong public/private partnerships and corporate resources to increase awareness of domestic violence and further prevention efforts.  In the state of Texas, the domestic violence statistics are alarming. Therefore, we are on a mission!  A mission to bring about awareness about this epidemic and to help do our part in putting an end to these horrific acts that affect us all. 

That’s why we are partnering tougher for the 1ST Annual Walk/Run-a-thon To End Domestic Violence in Arlington, Texas
The “Walk/Run-a-thon to End Domestic Violence” is designed to raise awareness and funds for partnering organizations to carry out their mission to financially support individuals as they transition from violent situations and to raise capital funds to build a safe facility providing more secure alternatives for those in trouble.

                                                                    

For the first event, we will honor the Life and Legacy of Officer Jillian Smith who lost her life in the line of duty while responding to a domestic violence call in the city of Arlington, TX.  On December 28, 2010, Officer Smith responded to take a report call that came into 911 after the suspect left the location. As Officer Smith talked to the victim and her 11-year-old daughter, the assailant returned with a gun. The man, who was the estranged boyfriend of the woman living there, began shooting. Officer Smith shielded the woman’s daughter by placing herself between the shooter and young girl. Both Officer Smith and the woman died in the home. However, the young girl survived and was able to get away.

Officer Smith, who was 24 years old, was an Arlington native. She graduated from Seguin High School in 2005 and also earned her Bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from the University of Texas at Arlington in August 2009. At a young age, she told her family that she planned on becoming an officer and joined the Arlington Police Department in February 2010, as a member of Class #41. During the short time Jillian was a police officer, she was living her dream. 
Officer Smith was dedicated to making a difference in our community and society.  As a first responder, we want to honor her life of devoted service in our community.