NEWTON, NJ - Marking National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, Sussex County will honor lives lost to domestic violence, offering hope and support to survivors and those still facing abuse at the annual Candlelight Vigil presented by Domestic Abuse & Sexual Assault Intervention Services (DASI) on October 19th at 6pm at the Romano Conference and Education Center at Newton Medical Center.
Sussex County Prosecutor Francis Koch will speak to the issue of domestic violence within the county, and survivors in attendance will have the opportunity to briefly share personal experiences. Information about DASI services will also be available.
In conjunction with the Candlelight Vigil, DASI’s Poetry Group members will be celebrating the release of their book “Rise Up,” featuring a compilation of poetry created by survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault. The Poetry Group provided members the opportunity to express their emotions and gain confidence within themselves while building healthy relationships with other survivors. Copies of “Rise Up” signed by the authors will be available for purchase at the event.
Acknowledging the prevalence of domestic violence nationwide, statewide, and within communities in our own county, is the foundation for prevention. National statistics report that intimate partner violence accounts for 15% of all violent crime. On average, nearly 20 people per minute are physically abused by an intimate partner in the United States. During one year, this equates to more than 10 million women and men.
DASI has provided comprehensive services to those affected by domestic violence in Sussex County since 1984. For help, contact the DASI 24-hour Helpline at 973-675-1211 or the Text Line for Deaf and Hearing Impaired Individuals at 973-222-2593.
The public is invited to join DASI for this time of peaceful reflection to recognize those affected by domestic violence. For more information, please call DASI at 973-579-2386.
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