NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH)- October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, or DVAM for short, and to honor the month, a vigil for domestic violence victims is being held in New Haven. The vigil will take place on Wednesday, October 5 at 1PM at Long Wharf Pier.
The “Sound of Hope” event is the 17th annual event of its kind, and is put on by BHcare’s The Umbrella Center for Domestic Violence Services. At the vigil, the names of those who have died as a result of domestic violence will be read, and everyone who goes to the vigil will be given a flower to toss into the harbor. Those flowers are meant to represent the struggles of survivors, and also serves as a reminder of the lives lost.
The statistics on domestic violence are startling. In the U.S. one in four women and one in seven men are victims of domestic violence at some point in their lives, and every 9 seconds a woman is battered in a domestic violence incident.
There will be a number of guest speakers are the event. For more information about the vigil or for more information about domestic violence and they help you can get, call (203) 736-2601, ext. 1381, or visit www.bhcare.org.