Vigil Remembers Domestic Homicide Victims

Oct 26, 2016

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The public is invited Friday night to a vigil in downtown Rhinelander to remember people who lost their lives due to domestic violence. Shellie Holmes is Executive Director of Tri-County Council on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault...

"....every October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. In Wisconsin in 2015, 51 people lost their lives to domestic violence homicide. That's a pretty high number. Unfortunately in 2016, we have way more than that. We're up to 67....."

Holmes says at the vigil 51 names will be read and a candle extinguished to recognize the loss of life...

"....we've decided to do something very different. We've asked 51 members of our community to join with us, of course, anyone else can, but they will join in an interactive manner to read the names of the victims and to honor them at the ceremony. It's going to be very impactful...."

Statistics show in the United States, 145 women each hour experience domestic violence, with three women dying each day. One in four women experience domestic violence, more than those who experience breast, ovarian and lung cancers combined.

The vigil is set for 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. Friday at Trig's Green Space. "Remember My Name" is a campaign each year by the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence.