NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ- Women Aware, the designated domestic violence agency in Middlesex County, will hold a special event commemorating Domestic Violence Awareness Month. The Candlelight Vigil will be held at Monument Square Park in New Brunswick (across from the Heldrich Hotel) on Thursday, October 6, from 7- 8 pm.

The goal of the vigil is to educate and raise awareness about domestic violence and its impact on our community. It is also meant to celebrate survivors and those who serve them.

The evening will begin with live music performed by artists from Music for All Seasons, an organization that brings music into domestic violence shelters.

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Mayor Jim Cahill will be a featured guest. Mayor Cahill has a strong track record of supporting domestic violence survivors; during his tenure, the City has implemented the “sick and safe leave ordinance” ensuring paid leave for domestic violence survivors. Additionally, the City committed nearly $1 million in HOME funds towards housing for survivors.

Dr. Judy Postmus, founding Director of the Center on Violence against Women & Children (VAWC) at Rutgers University, will deliver a keynote speech on hope in the field of domestic violence prevention and care. Following, a survivor will share her story.

The ceremony will conclude as community members, guests, and supporters light their candles and observe a moment of silence in honor of Domestic Violence Awareness.

The event is free and open to the public.

The event is sponsored by the Law Offices of Gregg Rubenstein, Joseph Del Guercio of Creative Financial Strategies, Stark & Stark Attorneys at Law, Brian McFadden-DiNicola of Hoagland Longo Attorneys at Law, Ingredion, Schechner Lifson Corporation, Olmec Systems Inc., Rockbottom Landscaping and Fencing, Raygun Design LLC, and The United Methodist Church of New Brunswick.

About Women Aware

Women Aware is the state-designated lead domestic violence agency for Middlesex County. For over 35 years, Women Aware has been saving the lives through a comprehensive array of services that include a 24-hour hotline, emergency shelter, support groups, children’s trauma therapy programs, legal advocacy, and supportive housing. Each year Women Aware shelters 200 families in imminent danger; serves an additional 2,000 women, children, and men in non-residential programs; and responds to 5,500 hotline calls. All services are free and confidential.

If you or someone you know is in need of assistance, call our free 24-hour hotline at 732-249-4504.