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Domestic Violence Vigil in Tr-Cities to Honor Victims and Survivors

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KENNEWICK, WA. Domestic Violence Services in the Tri-Cities holds a candlelight vigil this Thursday evening to honor victims and survivors of Domestic Violence. 

The vigil will feature 37, life-like silhouettes representing the women, children, and men in the Tri-Cities who have died as a result of domestic violence since 1998.

"It's for the families, friends, and for the larger community to join us in trying to end violence, which is largely violence against women and girls," says Dan Aspiri, executive director of Domestic Violence Services.

This will be the eleventh year Domestic Violence Services has held the vigil at John Dam Plaza in Richland. The vigil starts at 6 p.m. Thursday and continues until 9 p.m.

Domestic Violence Services has a crisis telephone line to help victims. Aspiri says he and his staff of about twenty people answer about 11,000 calls each year.

The agency last year provided emergency shelter to 156 women and 180 children. It also helps survivors with protection orders and restraining orders. Aspiri says the agency served 1,000 people last year with legal services.

DVS can also refer victims to support groups and other agencies to help victims and their children.  DVS also provides, food, clothing and other help.

For more information about the agency's services or to donate, call 735-1295.

The 24-hour Crisis line is (509) 582-9841. The toll free line is (800) 648-1277.