Candlelight vigil honors victims of domestic violence

GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – Some folks in Greenville came together Thursday night to shed light on the issue of domestic violence.

The Pitt County Domestic Violence Awareness Month 2015 Candlelight Vigil was held at city hall to honor victims of domestic violence and show support to their friends and families.

The Center for Family Violence Prevention, the Pitt County Sheriff’s Office and the Greenville Police Department sponsored the event to raise awareness for domestic violence prevention.vigil2

The vigil featured a silent victim display and a nursery block display for the children who have lost their lives.

Sergeant Joseph Neal from the sheriff’s office served as the guest speaker and says domestic violence is an issue that can’t be forgotten.

“If you don’t keep talking about the topic, it’s just going to be put on the back burner and we don’t need domestic violence put on the back burner,” said Sergeant Neal. “We need each and every person doing anything they can, every part they can to try and get any of these victims that are still currently in domestic violence, out of those situations.”

Since 2000, there have been nearly 40 domestic violence homicides in Pitt County.

If you or someone you know has been the victim of domestic violence, you are encouraged to contact police.

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