candlelightOctober is Domestic Violence Awareness Month.  Hundreds of metro residents will gather in downtown Decatur to join Women’s Resource Center to End Domestic Violence for their 19th Annual Candlelight Vigil.  The vigil will be held on Thursday, Oct. 21, from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the gazebo in downtown Decatur, located behind the Decatur MARTA Station.

The program will include speakers and musical performance and will end with a candle lighting ceremony remembering every Georgian whose life was taken by domestic violence in the last twelve months.

Participants are asked to gather at the gazebo at 6:45 p.m.  Over 200 community members are expected to attend.  Since 1986, Women’s Resource Center to End Domestic Violence has worked to provide supportive services for survivors while instilling community attitudes that violence is unacceptable.  Services provided by the Center include a 32-bed safehouse, a 24-hour hotline, legal advocacy, consultations with volunteer lawyers, emergency financial assistance, programs for children, support groups, supervised visitation and exchange, dating violence prevention, and community education. Each year, more than 13,000 women and families turn to Women’s Resource Center for aid.

For more information, contact Amber Harris, Director of Development, at 404-370-7670 or visit the WRCDV website.

Collin Kelley has been the editor of Atlanta Intown for two decades and has been a journalist and freelance writer for 35 years. He’s also an award-winning poet and novelist.