'Wear Purple Day' for domestic violence awareness is October 19

Jessica Hainer who described herself as a victim of domestic violence helps to light the candle of her daughter Shayla 8 during a domestic violence awareness candlelight vigil Thursday at the gazebo at Coburn Park on Water Street in Skowhegan

Vigil captures hope, love for lives lost to domestic violence

"It's an unyielding effort by all of our community, domestic violence programs, elected leaders, and appointed leaders to make sure that the community understands we have to be vigilant and attentive, and we have to be responsive to the problem", said Nanci Kreidman, Domestic Violence Action Center CEO.

In observance of October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month, CEASE will be having events in each of the counties they serve to increase awareness and celebrate the expansion.

YWCA Pierce County has made a decision to hold Domestic Violence Action Month in hopes of changing the way people see and talk about domestic violence and ending the stigma surrounding rape.

They also paid tribute to all of those that have lost their lives this year in ME as a result of domestic violence.

Three members, Judy Wise, Sherry Scheitler and Karen Griggsby, performed a skit highlighting the reality of elder abuse and domestic violence in the form of both physical and emotional abuse.

6 p.m.to 8 p.m.

"It will take all of us working together to fight domestic violence". A special ceremony was being held in Evansville to raise awareness.

"Our advocates will be providing education and information to help our communities overcome the epidemic of domestic violence and become safer for everyone", the release states.

According to the Coalition Against Domestic Violence, on average 20 people are abused by an intimate partner every minute in the United States, equating to more than 10 million abuse victims annually. "When you ask people, "Are you in favor of healthy relationships for yourself and friends and family?" most answer with a resounds, 'Yes!'"

"It impacts a lot of our homes in Carroll County", she said.

"Unfortunately, domestic violence is still very prevalent", she said. These services started in 1981 with a 24 hour crisis hotline and has expanded over the years to include two emergency shelters and outreach in six counties from offices in Morristown and Tazewell.

Cost: $25 run or walk.

The Young Woman's Christian Association, located in Binghamton, will use the money to provide shelter and counseling to those affected by domestic violence.

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