A Quilt Woven Together to Represent The Fight Against Domestic Violence

By: Megan Rowls Email
By: Megan Rowls Email

October 20, 2011

Inside the Shelter for Help in Emergency in Charlottesville hangs a quilt that tells a story of people affected by domestic violence.

About seventy-six names of people who died because of domestic violence are woven together on the quilt.

"It's a token of remembrance and it is good to think about the people who we have tried to help or people who have sought help," said Shelter employee, Stacey Smith.

Quilt organizer, Phyllis Meredith, came up with the idea to create a quilt when she learned about UVa lacrosse player Yeardley Love's death. Love's boyfriend George Huguely is accused of killing of her.

Meredith hopes people who see the quilt will be encouraged to leave bad relationships and not become domestic violence victims.

"People that are at the shelter that are domestic violence victims they can see that this could possibly happen to them,"said Quilt organizer, Phyllis Meredith.

Meredith received help from many friends to create the quilt.

In addition, Second Yard and Les Fabriques Inc. donated some materials to help make the quilt.

Another quilt with names of people who have died because of domestic violence is hung at the Sexual Assault Resource Agency (SARA). October is domestic violence awareness month.

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