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Kent County Domestic Violence Community Coordinated Response Team honors domestic homicide victims

Candlelight Vigil to be held Monday to honor victims of domestic violence homicide.
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For more information about the event, visit the DVCCRT event page.

Kent County Domestic Violence Community Coordinated Response Team (DVCCRT) will host their annual Domestic Violence Awareness Month Candlelight Vigil, an event to honor those that have lost their lives to domestic violence. 
 
The Vigil will take place Monday, October 1st, 2018 from 6:30 p.m. -7:15 p.m. at the YWCA West Central Michigan, located at 25 Sheldon Ave. SE, Grand Rapids, Michigan 49503. Before the Vigil, community members are invited to gather from 4-6:30 p.m. at the The Pyramid Scheme. Ten percent of front bar sales will be donated to the DVCCRT. Pizza will be provided by Uccello's and the DVCCRT. 
 
During the DVCCRT’s vigil, poetry will be shared and the names of those that have lost their lives to domestic violence in Michigan the previous year will be read. 
 
“One in 4 women and 1 in 9 men experience severe intimate partner violence within their lifetime,” said Brittany Shetler, Prevention and Education Specialist at Safe Haven. “In the last few weeks, we have seen a tremendous amount of domestic violence homicides."
 
“This is just one of the many reasons why it is so important for our community to come out and honor those who have innocently lost their lives,” Shetler said.
 
The Kent County Domestic Violence Community Coordinated Response Team is a multi-disciplinary team of local professionals who work in the field of domestic violence prevention, domestic violence intervention, law, education, healthcare, and the faith community, to help better serve victims and survivors of domestic violence. 
 
For more information on the DVCCRT, visit http://www.stopkentviolence.org/.

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