By Thomas Stodghill, IV
The Domestic Abuse Resistance Team held a candlelight vigil remembering victims and survivors of domestic violence in the community. This was held in October because this month is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month.
DART serves seven different parishes in Louisiana, and they held candlelight vigils in each parish. The vigil in Lincoln Parish was the last one.
The event was led by Erica McFarland, a Survivor Advocate for DART. She started the event by introducing a survivor of domestic violence, Angela Wallace, to come speak about her experience with domestic violence.
Wallace recounted her story about abuse from a former partner. She was not physically abused at first and did not know who to turn to.
“I did not know who to tell or what to tell,” Wallace said.
Wallace said that she did not share anything until she was physically abused by her former partner in 2012. She also said that she spent a week in the hospital after that and learned that her partner was arrested.
After Wallace told her story, the candlelight vigil started. People took turns reading off the 49 names of people who died from domestic violence in Lincoln Parish. Some people brought photos remembering those victims.
Forty-nine different candles were lit in memory of the deceased. In addition, everyone in attendance was given a candle to hold.
McFarland described the event as peaceful, and she was glad to see the community turn out and support.
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