SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – A large and dedicated group of South Plainfield residents and members of South Plainfield’s Domestic Violence Response Team (SPDVRT), held their third annual Candlelight vigil at Spring Lake Park. The event which included a candlelight walk around Spring Lake Park was to show support for the victims of domestic violence and to bring awareness of domestic violence abuse.

Member Marge Ackerman thanked everyone for coming out and stated, “74% of the victims of domestic violence are women. This is a battle we will be fighting forever.”

The walk took place on the 30th anniversary of Domestic Violence Awareness Month. October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, which residents can acknowledge by wearing purple. ... For survivors of Domestic Violence, who may also be wounded both physically and emotionally, the color is meant to be a symbol of peace, courage, survival, honor and dedication to ending violence.

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“The County offers a resource center and safe house,” said Ackerman. “We encourage people to use their resources, they should not be afraid to come forward.”

“Domestic Violence thrives when we are silent, but if we take a stand and work together we can end domestic violence,” said members of The Domestic Violence Response Team.

“There are real people behind the Domestic Violence statistics Marge Ackerman read earlier,” said Council President White. “These are real people, with real struggles and real problems and I just want to thank South Plainfield’s Domestic Violence Team for being there and for helping those that are in need in our community.”

SPDVRT could not have had a more perfect evening. The twilight vigil was warm in both temperature and feelings. Dressed in purple, men, woman and children all participated in the walk.

“I was at this event last year, and I am just so proud of the people gathering together to honor and help those in need.” said one resident. “Domestic violence is not limited to any specific group of people but affects all races, backgrounds, economic and educational levels, family structures, ages and religions. That why it’s important to bring those issues into the light of the public forum.”

 To contact a member of the domestic violence team, call 908-755-0700 anytime day or night.  All calls are confidential.