Annual Domestic Violence Vigil Held At Shelby Amphitheatre

  • 10/17/2019 8:40:54 PM
  • Jesse Smith
  • Local News

SHELBY, OHIO - In honor of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, the Domestic Violence Shelter of Richland County held their annual Candlelight Vigil to remember the names of those whose lives have been taken by the ever-present threat of domestic violence and abuse. This year, the ceremony was held at the new Shelby Black Fork public amphitheatre, where quiet observers watched as several speakers told stories about how domestic violence has impacted their lives and read poems about the topic.

"Oftentimes, we hear about domestic violence when it's too late, when somebody - or somebodies - have lost their life," said Jill Donnenwirth, Outreach and Community-Based Services Director with the Domestic Violence Shelter. "Once that story sort of dies down or the case ends, we sometimes forget the names. We don't want that to happen. This ceremony is for people to be aware that domestic violence does happen in their - our - community. It can happen to our loved ones, a friend, it can happen to anybody. We just want people to know that, and for people to remember victims that have lost their lives and to honor those who are surviving every day."

Donnenwirth hopes that events like this one will encourage community members to open up and talk about domestic violence. While an uncomfortable topic to discuss, speaking out about domestic violence can reinforce positive change throughout communities and help eliminate it.

"We, as a community, have to stand up and say 'no more'," Donnenwirth said. "If you know of someone that's trapped in a domestic violence situation, give them resources. Give them our number: 419-774-5840. Let them know that they're not alone. There is help available. If you don't know a victim or you don't think you do, you can always volunteer in our shelter and get involved."

The Domestic Violence Shelter of Richland County relies heavily on donations, and is supported by the generosity of our community. If you would like to contribute to the Shelter's cause, consider starting food drives or donating hygiene products or paper products.

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