Skowhegan Candlelight Vigil Honors Lives Lost to Domestic Violence

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SKOWHEGAN, Maine. (WABI) October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

The Family Violence Project and the Somerset County Domestic Violence Task Force hosted a candlelight vigil in Skowhegan on Thursday night.

Community members gathered in Coburn Park to raise awareness of the programs available to help those in abusive relationships.

They also paid tribute to all of those that have lost their lives this year in Maine as a result of domestic violence.

Law enforcement officers joined community members in prayer.

Organizers say a triple domestic violence homicide in Madison is still fresh in the minds of those attending.

"We come together to console each other and remember people, but so many people in the community do the work all the time. We have so many members in the Domestic Violence Taskforce and we try to affect change in the culture," said Beth Crowe, Director of Education for the Family Violence Project.

Authorities say about half of the homicides in Maine are domestic violence related.

A 5K walk/run against domestic violence will be held Saturday at the Good Will-Hinckley campus in Fairfield with all proceeds benefitting the Family Violence Project.