October vigil to remember domestic violence victims

The month of October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and the community will be remembering victims.

Officials with BHcare want the public to know: Every 9 seconds, a woman is battered in the United States. One in four women and one in seven men in the United States are victims of domestic violence at some point in their lives.

In an effort to raise awareness about domestic violence, BHcare’s The Umbrella Center for Domestic Violence Services will hold a vigil to honor and remember survivors and victims of domestic violence.

A candlelight vigil will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 1, at 6:30 p.m. at the gazebo at Huntington Center Green.

A special welcome will be given by Mayor Mark Lauretti and Attorney Paul Garlinghouse will be the keynote speaker. The vigil will also include an invocation by Monsignor Weiss, St. Rose of Lima, recognition of law enforcement officials and a survivor testimony.

For more information about the vigil, or about domestic violence services call 203-736-2601, ext. 1381, or visit bhcare.org.

The Umbrella is a program of BHcare that provides services for victims and children of domestic violence free of charge. Each year, more than 7,000 abused women and their children walk through the door of UCDVS.