Women’s Center – Youth and Family Services will hold a candlelight vigil to remember victims who have died due to domestic violence.
“Domestic violence is detrimental to our communities, costing our country more than $5 billion annually,” said Jennifer Jones, CEO of Women’s Center – Youth and Family Services in a statement. “This trauma and these costs, however, are preventable.”
The vigil will be held Oct. 19, 5:30-7:30 p.m. in Stockton at 620 N. San Joaquin Street.
“We will spend this evening honoring those who are no longer with us, we spend every day informing the community, supporting victims and their families and encouraging the public to take a stand,” Jones said.
The Women’s Center will display more than 70 life-sized, red silhouettes that, as part of the Silent Witness National Initiative, represent victims from San Joaquin County.
“The initiative provides a powerful and visual testimonial to the sad realities of domestic violence, and the candlelight vigil offers us solace while remembering and honoring those we’ve lost to domestic violence,” Jones said.
According to the Women’s Center, in the last year it has:
- Provided 4,379 nights of safety to victims and their children;
- Supported 1,479 victims through individual and group counseling; and
- Comforted 53 children with its “Just for Kids” program.
The organization encourages victims’ family and friends to get involved in the vigil by calling (209) 941-2611. The event is free for all who wish to attend.