Vigil to remember victims/survivors of domestic abuse

Event: Each victim of a domestic violence-related homicide in North Carolina will be remembered with the lighting of a candle, and speakers will include survivors telling their stories.

The Domestic Violence Advocacy Council’s Interfaith Committee will hold its fifth annual Interfaith Candlelight Vigil for victims and survivors of domestic abuse on Monday, Oct. 19, 2009, at Little Rock AME Zion Church.

The public is invited to show support for those who live in fear, hose who have died at the hands of their intimate partners and those who continue to survive and reach toward freedom.

This year’s theme is “Everyone Can Make A Difference.”

Each victim of a domestic violence-related homicide in North Carolina will be remembered with the lighting of a candle, and speakers will include survivors telling their stories.

Childcare will be provided.

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The vigil is part of a community-wide effort to call attention to the seriousness of domestic violence during October, which is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

North Carolina has seen 52 domestic violence-related homicides so far this year; there were a total of 84 last year.

IF YOU WANT TO GO:
Date: Monday, Oct. 19, 2009
Time: Reception starts at 5:30 p.m., vigil begins at 6 p.m.
Where: Little Rock AME Zion Church, 401 N. McDowell St., Charlotte

For more information on the effects of domestic violence in our community, call Mecklenburg County’s Community Support Services Women’s Commission at (704) 336-3210 or the 24-hour hot line at United Family Services’ Shelter for Battered Women at (704) 332-2513.

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