Domestic Violence Services of Cumberland & Perry Counties (DVSCP) was sadly reminded once again this year of how prevalent domestic violence is throughout our community. To honor and remember all of the women and children in Cumberland and Perry Counties who’ve lost their lives too soon to these senseless acts of violence, the agency is hosting a Candlelight Vigil Wed., Oct. 17, at the Camp Hill Borough Building, 2145 Walnut St..
The Vigil is being held during Domestic Violence Awareness Month as a way to remember victims of domestic violence, as well as to bring awareness to the issue and the resources available. The event will include two guest speakers, a candle lighting ceremony, and will be followed by a reception with light refreshments. The Silent Witness Exhibit will also be on display.
“It’s still a difficult topic for a lot of people to discuss” said DVSCP Executive Director, Barbara Kohutiak. “Our agency strives to destigmatize domestic violence, so survivors feel comfortable coming forward when they feel unsafe – the vigil is another opportunity for us to bring the issue to the forefront of conversation.”
Kohutiak noted one in three women will experience physical violence, sexual assault or stalking from an intimate partner in her lifetime. Domestic violence invades every community regardless of age, socioeconomic status, sexual orientation, gender, race, religion, or nationality. There are many different types of abuse that could be considered domestic violence, including physical, emotional, sexual, economic, or digital abuse, as well as isolation, intimidation, and stalking.
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