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Easton Candlelight Vigil To Focus Attention On Domestic Abuse

Police Chief Timothy Shaw and First Selectman Adam Dunsby will join the Center for Family Justice for a vigil.
Police Chief Timothy Shaw and First Selectman Adam Dunsby will join the Center for Family Justice for a vigil. Photo Credit: File

EASTON, Conn. – The Center for Family Justice, with the support of Easton community leaders and law enforcement, has scheduled a vigil to mark the observance of Domestic Violence Awareness Month for Wednesday, Oct. 11.

This vigil, which will take place at 6 p.m. at the Easton Community Center gazebo, will honor those who have been impacted by intimate partner violence, raise awareness and inspire hope that the cycle of violence can be broken.

The vigil will also remind local residents that domestic violence -- which national statistics suggest impacts one out of three women in their lifetime — is a problem in every demographic and community CFJ serves.

The Easton vigil will include a solemn reading of the names of the 16 people who lost their lives to domestic violence in Connecticut in 2016.

Debra A. Greenwood, CFJ’s President and CEO, will join community leaders, including First Selectman Adam Dunsby and Police Chief Timothy Shaw. A local survivor of domestic violence will also talk about her experiences.

“These vigils are solemn, but we also intend for them to be incredibly hopeful and inspiring,” said Greenwood. “We believe that whenever communities comes together to share their commitment to ending the cycles of domestic violence and abuse, real and positive change can and does happen.”

The vigils also serve the purpose of allowing victims to know that at CFJ there is a safe place where they can receive free and comprehensive services, including free counseling and emergency shelter.

“Every year, I hear a story at a vigil from someone in attendance who feels compelled to come forward with their experiences with domestic violence because of the support they feel at our vigils,” Greenwood said. “That tells me how important it us for us to gather together to hold these events.”

The CFJ will also hold a vigil at 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 12, at Fairfield’s Sherman Green.

These vigils are appropriate for all ages and are open to the public.

The Center for Family Justice Inc. brings all domestic, sexual and child abuse services under one roof, in its headquarters in Bridgeport. It serves the communities of Bridgeport, Easton, Fairfield, Monroe, Stratford and Trumbull.

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