Vigil Held For Ashland's Victims Of Domestic Violence

  • 10/9/2018 8:30:55 PM
  • Jesse Smith
  • Local News

ASHLAND, OH - Survivors and those affected by domestic abuse appeared at Ashland's Corner Park on Tuesday evening to share their experiences and pay tribute to those who have lost their lives to domestic violence. Red-colored wooden cutouts adorned different areas of the park to symbolize each of the victims that were being remembered during the ceremony, along with their photos and brief memoirs.

"We're here to kind of bring awareness to the issue, come together as a community, and be united on a front against domestic violence," said Brooke Banks, Interim Director for the Rape Crisis Violence Safe Haven of Ashland. "Whenever you have an issue such as domestic violence - or any kind of violence - to come together as a community is super, super important in order to spread the message and win the battle. We have to educate, we have to use that as prevention, and then we have to apply that. When you involve the community, everyone is better than one, right?"

Several guests at the ceremony spoke about overcoming their hardships and getting out of the cycle of abuse they had endured as candles were lit in remembrance of the many victims of domestic violence who lose their lives each year.

If you or someone you know would like to get involved and spread awareness, contact the Rape Crisis Violence Safe Haven of Ashland for more information.

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