A Candlelight Vigil is being held Thursday night for Domestic Violence
October is Domestic Violence Awareness month and Domestic Violence Services is honoring survivors in our area.
Over the past nine years 28 lives in Benton and Franklin Counties have been taken because of domestic violence and every year Domestic Violence Services remembers them at their candlelight vigil and honors those who have survived abuse.
Last year our local DVS sheltered 388 women and children and with the help of DVS, victims have been able to overcome their abuse and give others hope.
One victim of domestic violence says she realized that if she didn't stand up for it and if didn't say no it was going to get worse, she said she new she had the right to live a good life with out all of the abuse.
The advice she has for other women experiencing abuse is to not give up, she says it's going to get hard and it will get worse before it gets better but don't give up because it will get better.
A candlelight vigil is being held Thursday night for domestic violence survivors and for those who have lost their lives because of abuse. It will be at John Dam Plaza in Richland at 6:00pm.