Domestic Violence Awareness Month: Vigils planned for Androscoggin, Franklin, Oxford Counties

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October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month and Safe Voices is hosting their annual memorial vigils throughout Androscoggin, Franklin and Oxford counties.

The goal of these vigils is to honor those who have lost their lives to domestic violence, offer hope to those still facing abuse and support those who have survived domestic violence.

The vigils will be happening Monday, Oct. 6, beginning at 6 p.m., rain or shine.

The Androscoggin County vigil will begin at Festival Plaza in Auburn and will include a short candlelit procession across the bridge to Veterans Park in Lewiston.

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Vigils will be held at the same time at the Village Green in Dixfield, American Legion in Oxford and the Olsen Student Center at the University of Maine in Farmington. Guest speakers from the community will share their thoughts on the issue of domestic violence in our community.

The vigils are open to the public, and community members are encouraged to attend and show their support. Domestic violence is a community problem, but together the community can “End the Silence and Stop the Violence.”

For those on social media, Safe Voices is offering a new way to participate in the vigils this year. Messages of hope and awareness to survivors of partner violence can be tweeted using #digivigil. Tweets will be shared with attendees at the events.

Safe Voices will conduct other awareness events throughout October. Information about these events can be found at safevoices.org, or contact Kelley Glidden at kglidden@safevoices.org or 795-6744 for more information.

If you or someone you know is in a domestic violence situation, call Safe Voices’ 24-hour helpline at 1-800-559-2927.

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