AUBURN — October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month and Safe Voices is hosting the annual memorial vigils throughout Androscoggin, Franklin and Oxford counties at 6 p.m. Monday, Oct. 2, rain or shine..
The goal 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 Androscoggin County vigil will begin at Festival Plaza and will include a short candlelit procession across the bridge to Veterans Park in Lewiston.
Vigils will be held at the same time at the Norway Town Office, Veteran’s Memorial Park in Rumford and French Falls Recreation Area in Jay. Guest speakers from the community will share their thoughts on the issue of domestic violence.
The vigils are open to the public, and community members are encouraged to attend and show their support.
This year Safe Voices is taking part in the statewide Domestic Violence Awareness Month theme, #TakeActionMaine, with a focus on the ways in which people can move beyond awareness of abuse and take action to end it.
The vigils are an occasion for the community to come together to show that domestic violence impacts all, and everyone can all play a role in creating a safer, violence-free environment.
In addition to the vigils, Safe Voices will conduct other awareness events throughout October.
The Safe Voices’ 24-hour helpline at 1-800-559-2927.
FMI: safevoices.org, firstname.lastname@example.org, 207-795-6744.