3rd Annual Light Up the Night Vigil
ELMIRA, N.Y.(WENY)-- Catholic Charities of Chemung and Schuyler County teamed up with other local prevention and protection centers to host the 3rd annual "Light up the Night" Vigil for Domestic Violence Awareness. October is Domestic Violence awareness month, so to kick off the month right, these groups joined together to show their community members that no one ever has to be alone.
In honor of all of the victims that have been lost to domestic violence or have not gained their voices yet, downtown Elmira holds their annual shine the light on Domestic Violence night in Wisner park. This event is to make everyone in the local area aware that their community is there for them, no matter what kind of situation their in.
"I think it's important that people know that their not alone, you know there's other people going through the same stuff and there's an outlet for people to come and talk about it and share and let people know what's going on and how they feel," says Payton Aird, Speaker at the Light Up the Night Event.
Organizers with the event told WENY News that one of their main goals is to put a stop to domestic violence for good. They said to do so is to teach prevention and intervention.
"Early intervention is key with everything. We'd love to put a stop to violence, all violence, and today we're looking at domestic violence specifically," says Kristine Morseman, Organizer from Catholic Charities.
For those who do not feel safe in their homes or what ever situations they may be in -- organizations such as the salvation army have staff who will help you at any time of the day and get you out of your dangerous situation.
"You have to think of looking at your life, are you going to survive the night? And that is the key, if you don't think you're going to survive the night give us a call. Our Hot line is 607-732-1979. Call us any time, 24 hours a day. "says Dorie Haggerty, Salvation Army.
And for anyone who may think that there is no hope left -- survivors want you to know that there is always at the end of the tunnel.
"There's ways out of it. It's not always hopeless, there's always a way to get out of that situation and there's always people there to help you," says Aird
For anyone who was unable to make it out Saturday night Catholic Charities will be holding another event like this one in two weeks in Watkins Glen