Seattle fashion show to support domestic violence victims

Jairemie Alexander, a local singer, has made it his mission to raise awareness about domestic violence.

October is Domestic Violence Awareness month, an issue that according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention costs society nearly $6 billion nationally a year.

On average, police in Washington state received a report of domestic violence every 10 minutes in 2015 according to records from the Department of Health.

If each call represented just one victim, that would be enough to nearly fill the Seahawk's Centurylink field.

Domestic violence was also a factor in at least half of all reported incidents of manslaughter, simple assaults, kidnappings, incest cases, and over a quarter of all murders in Washington state.

In Seattle, the annual Runway to Freedom helps to empower survivors of domestic violence.

The fashion show and musical event raises money for Mary's Place, a shelter that often houses victims seeking refuge.

"I hope more this show shines a spotlight on domestic violence so that more people become aware of the issue and if they, too, are victims, realize that they can seek help," said Founder Lauren Grinnell, who is also a survivor of domestic violence.

"It's important to have places like Mary's Place available because they provide resources like housing, connection to jobs and childcare. So having a place like Mary's Place, is highly important to helping victims take control of their lives and escape unhealthy and often unsafe situations."

RTF7 will be November 4, at the Coterie Work Lounge at 1414 Fourth Avenue in Seattle.

The show will feature local singer, songwriter Jairemie Alexander, as well as fashion designers House of Gina Marie, Julie Danforth, Radley Raven, Tristen Mickelson and Bootyland Kids.

Several of Alexander's lyrics are inspired by his own experience with an abusive relationship.

"That's the most imprinting part of domestic violence (the emotional impact) because you are left with that and you are left with that for years. Like recently with people coming out about Donald Trump, these women have been harboring that for years. It's time for everyone to express their concerns and their feelings," said Alexander, who hopes to be a leading male voice driving the effort to stop the violence.

Copyright 2016 KING


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