By Staff Reports
(Victorville)– On Friday, October 10, 2014 at 6pm “A Better Way” Domestic Violence Shelter and Outreach Program in partnership with the City of Victorville will host their Annual Candlelight Vigil. The Vigil will take place in the Victorville City Hall parking lot outside of the City Council Chamber entrance. In observance of Domestic Violence Awareness Month the Candlelight Vigil is held to mourn the lives lost to domestic violence, celebrate the survivors and connect the community to continue the mission to end domestic violence. The program features speakers, poetry and a special “Lighting of Candles and reading of victim names ceremony.
The community is encouraged to attend and participate in the Candlelight Vigil. Domestic Violence is a crime that effects so many lives and often leads to a senseless loss of life. Victorville Mayor Jim Cox, states “We applaud “A Better Way” for their 25 years + of service to the High Desert and their commitment to keeping the memories of lives loss alive and we are honored to partner and host the Vigil for a fourth consecutive year at City Hall.”
Since 1988 “A Better Way” has been committed to providing necessary emergency services and ending domestic violence in the High Desert.
Current statistics indicate that “One in four women have experienced domestic violence in her lifetime*”. Since being founded in 1988, by Executive Director, Margaret Diaz, “A Better Way” has provided services to approximately 18,500 women and children in the High Desert and remains committed to the mission of ending domestic violence.
IF YOU ARE IN NEED OF SHELTER OR ASSISTANCE OUR HOTLINE IS AVAILABLE 24 HOURS A DAY CALL (760) 955-8723.
For further information or inquiries, contact: www.abetterwaydomesticviolence.org.
*The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Institute of Justice, Extent, Nature, and Consequences of Intimate Partner Violence, July 2000. The Commonwealth Fund, Health Concerns Across a Woman’s Lifespan: 1998 Survey of Women’s Health, 1999