Elmira, NY (WENY) – Catholic Charities of Chemung and Schuyler counties hosted the "shine the light on Domestic Violence event Saturday afternoon in Eldridge Park. Families in the community came out to remember those who lost their lives to domestic violence. The event featured local officials, survivor stories and a candlelight ceremony with the goal of educating everyone about the warning signs and effects of domestic violence.

“We are here to honor anyone that has been a victim of domestic violence. We want to educate people about how to help someone in a domestic violence situation, and we just want to raise awareness and let people know that they are not alone. Said Kristine Morseman, Supervisor of Victim Services for Catholic Charities. There are resources there for them and if you don't think you know somebody, you probably still know somebody. This is a widespread problem it does not discriminate. Young, poor, rich, old, all races, all genders, all orientations, it's a very real problem.”

The next event is the 5th Annual "Take A Hike, Domestic Violence" Awareness event. That's happening on Saturday, October 13th at 9:30am. The walk starts at the Schuyler Outreach Food Pantry, located at St. Mary's Center on 10th Street in Watkins Glen.