On a Sunday afternoon in October, over 1,000 people purchased lemonade and baked goods from a booth at Padre Serra Parish in Camarillo, with proceeds benefiting four children left without parents by a senseless act of domestic violence earlier in the month.
On Oct. 17, Greg Huntington, 37, shot his wife of two years, Janet Huntington, 37, multiple times before turning the gun on himself. The couple left behind four children: Janet’s two teenage sons, Greg’s 8-year-old son, and the couple’s child together, a one-and-a-half-year-old girl, all of whom are now staying with various relatives.
Since the tragedy, more than $55,000 has been raised on a GoFundMe page set up in Janet’s honor.
October was national Domestic Violence Prevention Awareness Month, and several organizations in the county held events in observance. Groups of students and volunteers painted nails purple, the official color of the month symbolizing solidarity with victims, and a boxing workshop was held in Newbury Park.
Catherine Kort, fund development and marketing director at Interface Children & Family Services, says that there is “momentum” to continue the conversation.
“What we don’t want, is for what happened to be in vain,” said Kort. “What happened matters, and people are demonstrating that.”
Kort says that over 600 individuals from Calabassas to Ojai painted a single nail purple in order to bring the conversation about domestic violence “out of the shadows.”
“The whole point of it is to make it OK to talk about,” said Kort. “Only by reducing the shame and stigma associated with domestic violence can we begin to make an impact.”
On Saturday, Nov. 19, Interface’s Family Violence Response Team will host a speaker from Pepperdine University on the topic of healthy relationships at 7 p.m. at Vineyard Community Church, 1320 Flynn Road, Camarillo. For more information, visit www.icfs.org. For more information on how to donate, visit www.gofundme.com/JanetsMemorialFund.