RICHLAND, Wash - 407 candles were glowing in John Dam Plaza Thursday night. Each was representing a client sheltered by Domestic Violence Services in the last year.
Images of women who've been killed were another focal point. Domestic Violence Services leaders link five deaths in Benton and Franklin counties to domestic violence this year.
Heather Maldonado said if you are struggling to leave, she understands. She left three or four times before leaving for good.
"I loved him and I believed him and I wanted it to work and I had a son and it was hard. He had beat me down for so long that I thought I couldn't make it on my own," she said.
However, she did make it on her own. Now she works for Domestic Violence Services and wants to help other women.
If you need help, you can call Domestic Violence Services right now at the 24-hour crisis line at 1-800 648-1277.
You can also call the Crisis Response Center at 783-0500.