By Wayne Allen
Officials with the Southern Ohio Domestic Violence Shelter in Portsmouth are making preparations for their annual candlelight vigil. The vigil is held in conjunction with Domestic Violence Awareness Month.
October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month and the shelter typically plans a couple of events aimed at bringing awareness to the issue.
“Our main activity is the candlelight vigil that will occur on Oct. 15 at 6 p.m. in the rotunda of the Scioto County Courthouse,” said Louann Hoffer, director of the Southern Ohio Domestic Violence Shelter. “This is a small ceremony, where we honor the names of deceased victims of domestic violence. We give current survivors the opportunity to attend and if they want to share stories, they can.”
This year’s keynote speaker will be Emily Basham, a survivor of domestic violence and a volunteer with the Southern Ohio Domestic Violence.
When asked about the significance of the vigil, Hoffer said, “We do this every year to remind the community, domestic violence is still prevalent in our area and it touches the lives of everyone.”
She said the families of domestic violence victims are extended an invitation to attend.
For more information about the Southern Ohio Domestic Violence Shelter visit them on Facebook or call 740-456-8217.
Wayne Allen can be reached at 740-353-3101, ext. 1933 or on Twitter @WayneallenPDT