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Hub City honors domestic violence victims and survivors with candlelight vigil

Candlelight vigil on October 11 in the United Methodist Church of New Brunswick. Credits: Daniel J. Munoz
Candlelight vigil on October 11 in the United Methodist Church of New Brunswick. Credits: Daniel J. Munoz

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - The Hub City came together on October 11 for a candlelight vigil at the United Methodist Church, to honor those who’ve been affected by domestic abuse.

In attendance were New Brunswick Mayor James Cahill, Highland Park Mayor Gayle Brill Mittler, and Assemblyman Joe Danielsen, who represents New Brunswick in the State Assembly.

Maliha Janjua, Director of Client Services at Women Aware, spoke before attendees on her experiences as a survivor of domestic abuse and how that motivated her to get involved in the field. Janjua supervises the Woman Aware shelter, as well as the children’s trauma therapy and domestic violence liaison program.

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Other groups across New Brunswick and Rutgers University are taking steps to honor Domestic Violence Awareness Month, which runs until the end of October.

Between October 9 and 13, the Rutgers Office for Violence Prevention and Victim Assistance is hosting “Turn the Campus Purple” week, with events across campus to raise awareness of domestic abuse.

The week culminates with a guest appearance of former vice president Joe Biden, to rally students behind the “It’s On Us” campaign to end sexual assault on college campuses.

Then on October 28 at 11 a.m., the New Brunswick Domestic Violence Awareness Coalition will hold its annual march and rally in front of the Mt. Zion AME Church. 

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