Monday, October 18, 2010

Vigil starts Week Without Violence

From Kansas-

Sunday evening's "Vigil for Victims of Domestic Violence" was set in the soothing confines of the Grace Episcopal Cathedral chapel, 701 S.W. 8th, giving the approximate 50 attendees a sense of togetherness as they gathered in quiet support of those who have been abused in what authorities said is a largely underreported crime.

A row of glass-encased candles at the front of the chapel helped set the mood for what organizers said was perhaps the only somber event of the 16th annual YWCA Week Without Violence, which during the next few days is designed to help raise awareness of the problem of domestic violence in the Topeka community and to let victims know they aren't alone.

Eileen Doran, program director of the YWCA Center for Safety and Empowerment, formerly known as the YWCA Battered Women Task Force, said the vigil — which included prayer, music and Scripture readings — offered a chance for survivors of domestic violence to share their stories in front of a small audience.

"It's really to honor and remember victims who have survived and those who have not survived," Doran said. "In the state of Kansas, we've had a number of domestic violence-related homicides in the past year."

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