Human chain against domestic violence takes over Big Spring Park

HUNTSVILLE, Ala.-- Domestic violence is a topic that still carries somewhat of a stigma. Sunday, member's of the Huntsville community came together to raise awareness by forming a chain. As part of a joint effort, seven other human chains took place at the same time across the state in a stand against domestic violence.

Sunday's human chain at Big Spring Park was organized by Asha Kiran, a local domestic violence non-profit organization. Asha Kiran means "Ray of Hope", which is what they want to be for victims and survivors and domestic violence. Sunday's event is just one way they are working towards that.

Huntsville Police Department's domestic violence task force has made over a thousand arrests this year. But, Deputy Chief Kirk Giles wouldn't call them successful.

"It's hard to measure success because to me success would be we do not have any more domestic violence calls and that's not been the case," he explained.

He said events like Sunday's human chain are a great way to get the word out.

"To really help people understand that there is a hope for them out there, that there's options and resources available for them," he said.

Likewise, Asha Kiran President Bhavani Kakani said these events generate conversation about a topic that is not often discussed.

"Definitely events like this, any event, I think it makes us think, and cognizant of what someone is going through," she said.

Kakani said by helping just one person, they can start to break the cycle of domestic violence.

"It's not the mass of people, one person at a time, it does not matter. You know when we started Asha Kiran we said if we can help one person, that one person can become many," she said.

Giles echoes that sentiment, saying "You know that person we're talking about, that we're gonna reach, may not be the person here today, they may be on the other side of the tv that's listening to our message, we will reach them some way or another, we will reach them."

The human chain event comes just as domestic violence awareness month is beginning. All throughout the month of October victims, survivors, and supporters will continue to take a stand against domestic violence, and hopefully change lives.