Local victims of domestic violence remembered in special vigil

HENDERSON - A vigil for victims and survivors of domestic violence took place in Henderson Monday night. A large circle of people surrounding survivors as they shared their stories and as each of the names of the lives lost to domestic violence were read out loud raising awareness for this ongoing issue.

A total 29 lives lost to domestic violence in 2016. Julie Proctor who is Executive Director of S.A.F.E House says, "it could happen to anybody. I'm a survivor from my first husband."

Every year, S.A.F.E. House lets people know that domestic violence is a very real issue. Proctor says, "there's financial instability that keeps them there, the children. There's a myriad of reasons why people stay because they don't know what else to do."

Sabrina Ercadante is on the S.A.F.E. House Board of Directors and says, "you hear about it in the news but at the end of the year you don't realize there were 29, not just the 1 or 2 that you heard.

Proctor says, "as a society we need to do more. As a community we need to stand together and say this is not right. We're not gonna stand for this anymore."


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