Candlelight vigil remembers domestic violence victims

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This year, employees collected more than 3,000 pounds of food as part of Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

In 2015, the Hidalgo County Sheriff's office responded to 1,852 calls for family violence and about 5,505 cases were reported to other local law enforcement agencies in Hidalgo County.

Women's Aid's mission is to empower survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault.

Suggested ways to drive awareness are sharing a story, donating to support life-saving non-profits like Help In Crisis or by hosting an awareness event.

The vigil will include a solemn reading of the names of the 16 people who lost their lives to domestic violence in CT in 2016.

County Commissioners Valerie Arkoosh and Kenneth Lawrence read a proclamation declaring October as the month to raise awareness of the issue in the county.

"Domestic violence is everybody's business, and we must all support efforts to end abuse".

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In recognition of National Domestic Awareness Month, Ocean County College is sponsoring two days of lectures and events on its main campus in Toms River, all of which are free and open to the public.

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If you know someone who is a victim of domestic violence or need help yourself, you can call 911 or the Victim's Assistance Center, which is a 24-hour agency.

The Women's Resource Center encourages people in purple to share a selfie with friends using #purplethursdays and #1in3 to increase the power of the message. She said domestic violence occurs when one partner in an intimate relationship exhibits a pattern of coercive behavior. "Domestic violence thrives when we are silent".

Blackmon says her services are not just for women. Studies say that every nine seconds a woman is assaulted in America and that up 10 million children witness domestic violence annually.

DeWitt said because of her domestic violence experience she now helps others who have been in her shoes. He thanked commissioners for proclaiming October "Domestic Violence Awareness Month" in Cleveland County.