October is Domestic Violence Awareness month.
It is “a time for the community to come together and build awareness and a movement towards safe and healthy relationships for all individuals and families,” said Sheryl Caudel, Harlan County Domestic Violence Victim Advocate.
A “Mourn, Celebrate and Connect Candlelight Vigil” will held at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday at the Harlan County Courthouse square. There will be live music, refreshments and door prizes during the event. Caudel said the event is being held “in honor of those lives lost to domestic violence, to celebrate survivors and to connect to make our homes and community safer.”
“Violence in any form is a destructive force that damages and destroys life and well-being,” said Caudel. “When violence is woven into the fabric of family relationships it distorts and destroys not only the relationship between the victim and perpetrator, but the well-being and sense of self of each and every family member. So often victims enmeshed in violence have lost a sense of hope and the prospect of healing and restoration seems a remote possibility.”
Caudel said when domestic violence occurs, hope and restoration are never easily attained. She said sometimes these things are “decades in the making,” especially “if the victim or survivor of domestic violence has no community support to assist them.”
“Domestic violence touches every person in our community and society as a whole,” said Caudel. “It violates a person’s dignity, safety and basic human rights. Stand up for survivors and join us in working for a safer and healthier community by joining us at one or more of our October awareness events. We need you to help us make a difference.”
For more information, you may contact Caudel at 606-392-1129.
Reach Nola Sizemore at 606-573-4510, ext. 115, firstname.lastname@example.org