This year marks the 5th Annual Goodwill Refuse to Abuse 5K at Safeco Field, benefiting the Washington State Coalition Against Domestic Violence. Walkers and runners from all walks of life take part, supporting domestic violence victims, survivors, and families.

Among the participants this year, are friends and family of Katy Straalsund, a University of Washington student killed on campus-- her boyfriend is charged in the crime. Katy's sister and brother-in-law, Erin and Chris Anderson, shared their mission to endow a scholarship in Katy's memory at the UW, for undergraduate students y in the school's Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences.

Ilene Stohl from Washington State Coalition Against Domestic Violence shared more about the important role family and friends play in sharing conversations about relationships, and previewed this year's Goodwill Refuse to Abuse 5K at Safeco Field.

The 5K gets underway at 9:00 am on Saturday, July 9th at Safeco Field. New Day Northwest host Margaret Larson will serve as the host and emcee. CLICK HERE for more information.

Here are more resources:

24-hour, National Domestic Violence Helpline: 800-799-7233

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