urning Point is inviting supporters to participate in the 14th annual Tara’s Walk Sept. 25.

urning Point is inviting supporters to participate in the 14th annual Tara’s Walk Sept. 25.

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Turning Point to host annual Tara’s Walk to help women escape violence

By: Kara Szymanski | C&G Newspapers | Published September 21, 2021


MACOMB COUNTY — October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and local shelters and aid organizations are spreading the word to those in need that help is available.

Turning Point, which works to prevent domestic violence and support survivors of domestic violence, will be inviting the public to participate in the 14th annual Tara’s Walk at 9 a.m. Sept. 25 to raise awareness of domestic abuse. The event will be held at Freedom Hill Banquet & Event Center at 14900 Metro Parkway in Sterling Heights. Registration will begin at 9 a.m., and the walk will begin at 10 a.m. The cost to participate is $25; children ages 12 and younger may participate for free.

Tara’s Walk started in 2007 to promote domestic violence awareness and prevention, and the money raised from the event will go into the Tara Liberation Fund. The fund gives survivors emergency money to leave a violent environment.

In 2007, Tara Grant was murdered by her husband. Turning Point and Tara Grant’s sister formed a partnership to honor her memory with the annual Tara’s Walk. Sharing her life story through this partnership increases domestic violence awareness and prevents other families from experiencing a similar tragedy.

Turning Point CEO Sharman Davenport said that law enforcement has been receiving more domestic violence reports.

“Law enforcement’s recent reports indicate that domestic violence is on the rise, which makes this event even more significant,” she said in an email.

Turning Point’s event will help it to be able to provide various services designed to protect and support domestic violence and sexual assault victims, such as a 24-hour hotline, an emergency shelter, individual and group counseling, personal protection order assistance, a forensic nurse examiners program, and community education and prevention.  

Turning Point has also recently developed a supportive housing program that includes a safe, furnished home; educational and employment opportunities; and career coaching for those seeking a new start after leaving the shelter.

Nicole W., a Turning Point employee who wanted anonymity, said this is her favorite event.

“This is my favorite event because Tara’s kids come to the walk and speak — it’s beyond powerful,” she said via email.

Lindsey, Tara Grant’s daughter, said in an email that this event means so much to her family.

“We are super excited to be in person this year, and raising awareness for such an important cause means the world to me,” Lindsey said via email.

Turning Point has provided emergency, support and prevention services for domestic and sexual violence survivors for 40 years. Annually, Turning Point said, it answers 10,000 crisis calls, provides support services to an estimated 3,000 individuals and provides prevention education to 8,000 youth. Many of Turning Point’s programs and staff have received state and national recognition.

People may join an existing team for the walk by clicking on a team name on Turning Point’s website. They can also enter as individuals, or they can create new teams. The entry fee is $25. Money raised from the event supports the Tara Liberation Fund, which helps domestic violence survivors in situations that require immediate assistance.

To participate or get more information, visit www.turning pointmacomb.org.

The phone number for Turning Point’s 24-hour crisis line is (586) 463-6990. The First Step 24-hour hotline can be reached at (734) 722-6800.