Cassie Hammock was reflecting on the timeline of her life, addressing the crowd about the years she spent as a victim of domestic violence. Hammock says she is fortunate to have escaped and now be in a position to honor those who could not.
"We owe them the responsibility of being the best we can be. We owe them the responsibility of not just surviving. We owe them the responsibility of being their voice today," Hammock said.
Those in attendance lit candles in remembrance of those who lost their lives as a result of domestic violence. Some say they came out because violence is a terrible thing and it’s important to help spread the word to prevent it.
"It's about real freedom, freedom to feel safe and live in a community, and many of these folk do not feel that way," said Mark Neimeiser, an event participant.
According to the Refuge House it takes a woman on average seven instances of abuse before she ultimately walks away. In Florida, one person is killed every three days as a result of domestic violence.
Anyone who needs help with domestic violence can contact the Refuge House at 1-800-500-1119.