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Doves of Gateway honor those lost to domestic violence

Zoe Hall, The TrailBlazer

In the past year, 30 individuals have lost their lives due to domestic violence in Kentucky.

The Doves of Gateway held their ninth annual Speak My Name Candlelight Vigil on Tuesday, October 22, at Gateway Children’s Advocacy Center in remembrance of victims of domestic violence and to raise awareness.

Doves of Gateway is one of the 15 domestic violence shelters in Kentucky. They serve all victims of domestic violence by providing crisis assistance and shelter.

“We provide services to the survivors of domestic violence that are trying to flee the domestic violence situation they are in,” said Andrea Gibson, the Outreach Coordinator and Case Manager for Doves. “This event is to raise awareness and give a voice and a name to all the people that have lost their lives to domestic violence in the past year.”

Those who attended the vigil each held a candle and took a moment of silence for those lost. Chinese lanterns with the names of each victim were released at the end of the event.

“It’s really important for people to realize that this happens locally. This isn’t just something that is on the news and not just something that happens in the movies, it really happens here and it’s something that should be important to every community member,” said Gibson.

The Speak My Name Candlelight Vigil happens every year in October for Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Doves is planning a larger, more extensive event next year for their tenth anniversary.

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