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Refuge House Domestic Violence Vigil

By: Angelica Alvarez Email
By: Angelica Alvarez Email

Tallahassee, FL - Each flicker of light represented someone who was killed at the hands of someone they loved.

The names of those who lost their lives since last October were read, one by one, at this year's Domestic Violence Awareness event at Tom Brown Park, hosted by Refuge House.

"This is the 25th anniversary year of Domestic Violence Awareness Month in October," said Meg Baldwin with Refuge House.

The purpose of the event is to remind the public of the lives lost to domestic violence. There were various speakers, singers and toward the end of the two hour event, survivors who chose to, stood in front of the crowd of lit candles and shared their stories.

Everyone sitting in the crowd, underneath the floating white and purple balloons were reminded of the statistics. They were reminded that everyday in the U.S. more than three women are murdered by their husbands or boyfriends. They were reminded that it takes a woman seven attempts before she will actually leave an abuser. And they were reminded that domestic violence is the leading cause of injury to a woman, more than car accidents, muggings and rapes combined.

But to the group sitting and listening at Tom Brown Park, the victims and survivors are more than just a statistic. They sat in the seats next to them, and they were represented by the lit candles they held in their hands. They served as reminders that the issue of domestic violence is worth fighting against.

If you or someone you know may be the victim of domestic violence, contact the Refuge House help hotline. That number is 850-681-2111. For more information you can also visit their website, www.refugehouse.com.

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Tallahassee, FL - More than 3,000 domestic violence calls were made to Refuge House in the big bend just in the past year.

Tonight, Refuge House is hosting an event in honor of October being national domestic violence awareness month.

Refuge House will host a candlelight vigil for domestic violence victims tonight at Tom Brown Park.

Refuge House alone has answered more than 3,000 calls of domestic violence.

Also in this past year, they've taken more than 880 sexual assault calls, and more than 500 women, children and men sought safety in their emergency shelters.

Close to 60 had to use their transitional housing, and more than 100 rape victims received counseling from them.

National stats show that every 9 seconds a woman in the US is assaulted or beaten.

That amounts to about 200 times just during the course of this newscast.

Organizers with Refuge House say that's, of course, one too many.


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