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Monday, September 1, 2014-3:13:12A.M.

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‘Talk, don’t hit’

WHEN a conflict or a disagreement arises, it is better to choose peace and talk about it instead of physically harming your partner, according to Superior Court Judge Kenneth Govendo who joined yesterday’s Men’s Walk Against Domestic Violence in Garapan.

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Kenneth Govendo
“I wish I can report to everyone today that there are no more cases of domestic violence in the CNMI, but that is not the case. Domestic violence still exists,” Govendo said in his brief message at the Garapan Central Park Round House just before the event.

“Choose peace, not violence. Sit down with your partner and talk. Talk, don’t kick. Talk, don’t punch, Talk, don’t hit,” Govendo added.

Govendo, U.S. Congressman Gregorio Kilili Camacho Sablan and Rep. Edmund S. Villagomez led the Men’s Walk Against Domestic Violence which started at Garapan Central Park and proceeded to the China Town intersection before going back to the park at 4 p.m. yesterday.

Women and children also participated in the event, which was one of the main activities of the Unity Day celebration at Garapan Central Park in honor of Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

Performers entertained the audience at the round house with songs and cultural dances. Children put on temporary face tattoos and participated in coloring book activities.

Northern Marianas Coalition Against Domestic & Sexual Violence executive director Maisee Tenorio said she was happy with the outcome of  Unity Day despite the short notice.

She urged members of the community to participate in other events like the Day of Prayer on Oct. 14, the village conversations, and the Trunk or Treat at the Joeten-Kiyu Public Library on Oct. 31.

The CNMI is observing October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month to show support to victims of violence and encourage those who are scared to come out as there is support for them.

Yesterday’s Unity Day was a joint presentation of the Northern Marianas Coalition Against Domestic & Sexual Violence and the Family Violence Task Force and was supported by a grant from the Administration for Children and Families of the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. A candlelight vigil capped yesterday’s event.