The Bristol Press – Date for Prudence Crandall Center ‘Silent No More’ candlelight vigil set
NEW BRITAIN – The Prudence Crandall Center is hosting its annual “Silent No More” candlelight vigil on Tuesday, October 4 at 6 p.m.
Carolyn Jasper, director of development and organizer of the event, said the vigil was held for the community to raise awareness and recognize Domestic Violence Awareness Month. The event takes place at 594 Burritt Street.
According to Jasper, the center offers various services for adults and children.
“These include a 24/7 crisis hotline, one of the largest safe emergency shelters in our state, supportive housing for survivors and their children. , counselling, support groups, advocacy in civil and criminal courts, training for professionals, prevention education and outreach services,” says Jasper.
Jasper said she encourages people to attend the free event to learn more about domestic violence and be part of the solution.
“Domestic violence is a public health crisis, affecting one in four women, one in seven men and one in three teenage couples,” she said. “The impacts are wide-ranging and potentially devastating for the victims, their families and our communities.”
According to Jasper, the coronavirus has caused an increase in domestic violence, and last year the shelter at the center was at 250% capacity.
“The need for community support for domestic violence services and outreach to PMAs has never been greater,” she said.
Vigil candles are provided to attendees of the event, and Marilyn Allan, a supporter of the center, will read the names of those who perished last year due to domestic violence. At the same time, staff light a candle for each person, Jasper said.
According to Jasper, Mayor Erin Stewart and Congresswoman Jahana Hayes were asked to “lend their powerful voices of support.”
“Our program includes an open-mic portion where family members or survivors can briefly share,” she said.
Jasper said the community has generously stepped up to help the center for the past two years and hopes it will continue. The Ryan T. Lee Memorial Foundation is sponsoring the event.
“This is a time for the community to come together to gather, reflect and, above all, remember those who lost their lives in the last year due to domestic violence in our state,” she said. declared.
To access the 24-hour Domestic Violence Helpline, call toll-free and confidentially at 888-774-2900.