Rescheduled Candlelight Vigil Set For Monday
Gillette Abuse Refuge Foundation’s (GARF) 24th Annual Candlelight Vigil for domestic violence awareness is scheduled for Monday, Oct. 21, at 6 p.m. in the City Council Chambers. The vigil is an evening of reflection, information sharing, and remembrance.
“It takes all of us as a community to say no to domestic violence,” said Shawna McDonald, GARF prevention education coordinator. “By attending the public awareness events, you are supporting your friends, neighbors, co-workers, and/or family members who may be affected by domestic violence.”
According to McDonald, the annual event gives survivors a platform to use their voices and tell their personal stories of overcoming horrific violence in their own homes at the hands of a person who supposedly loved them.
GARF offers assistance 24/7 for victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, and interpersonal violent crimes. From January through September of this year, the foundation has already helped 358 community members. Whereas, 434 community members were assisted in 2018.
“Abuse does not discriminate; it knows no race, age, sex, or income level,” McDonald said. She added that human trafficking and sexual assault issues are escalating.
GARF has been providing services to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault in Campbell County for 39 years through advocacy, shelter, and prevention education. Since 1981, GARF has helped over 10,000 people find safety from violent relationships.
The foundation works with community partners to provide a coordinated community response for victims through Campbell County Health, the Gillette Police Department, Campbell County Attorney’s Office, Campbell County Sheriff’s Office, and other local agencies.
For more information or help, GARF can be reached at (307) 686-8071.