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Favor House honors survivors of domestic violence

Favor House of Northwest Florida honored survivors of domestic violence at their annual White Rose Luncheon today.
Favor House is the domestic violence shelter for Escambia and Santa Rosa Counties.

Members of the law enforcement, judicial, and business communities came together in a show of support for survivors and the effort to end domestic violence.
There were many survivors there as well and two of them shared their chilling stories of abuse and even the death of family members.

Their message;  if we speak as one voice, we can end the silence that allows domestic violence to continue.

Phyllis Brown Hain/Domestic Violence Survivor:  There are so many people out there who are suffering with shame, fear, guilt.  And this is a testament to know that there's so many people out there to help them, waiting for them to come out.  And I want them to know that we can all be strong.  And we can stand together and we can break this silence."

Hain tells her story in the book, "Diamond in the Dark: Leaving the Shadow of Abuse."

 In 2013, Favor House sheltered 418 victims.
Still, there were five domestic violence homicides in the two counties.