Vigil brings awareness to domestic violence
14th annual event downtown Thursday
Porterville’s Family Crisis Center will be hosting its 14th Annual Candlelight Vigil on Thursday.
October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. From its humble origins in 1981 as a Day of Unity, this month has become a time to celebrate survivors, congratulate advocates, empower victims, and mourn the deaths of those lost to domestic violence.
The event will begin at 6 p.m. at Centennial Plaza, 296 N. Main St., with light music before messages from Crisis Center Executive Director Anna Green and the Director of Shelter Services Betty Luna are given.
A survivor of domestic violence will share her story of a life of control, manipulation and violence to a life of stability, hope and peace.
The Candlelight Vigil is a time for the community to come together to celebrate the survivors of domestic violence and also memorialize those victims whom have lost their battle with domestic violence, say organizers.
This year, the Family Crisis Center will be reading the names of survivors submitted by the community. Each year names of victims whom have lost their battle are read aloud and a candle is lit on their behalf. This year the Family Crisis Center is giving the community a chance to honor any loved one who has lost their life to domestic violence an opportunity to read their loved ones name and light their candle.
The Family Crisis Center has been serving victims of domestic violence and homelessness for 35 years. The Family Crisis Center is a multicultural organization that exists to protect individuals and families from domestic violence and economic deprivation by providing food, shelter, education and other charitable services.
For information, contact the center at 781-7462 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.