Submitted by The Domestic Violence Services Network, Inc.
The Domestic Violence Services Network, Inc. (DVSN) annual “Light in the Darkness” Candlelight Vigil begins at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 26 at the Lincoln Public Schools Learning Commons, Ballfield Road, Lincoln.
Each year, DVSN honors those who have lost their lives to domestic violence in Massachusetts during the previous 12 months as well as highlights how the organization’s partnerships help our neighbors living with abuse, raise awareness about domestic violence, and expand our connection as a caring, engaged community.
This is the first time the vigil has been held in person since 2019. The last three vigils were virtual due to the pandemic. Watch the past vigils at https://www.dvsn.org/vigil/ to gain a better sense of this event.
October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Since 1989, “October has been a time to acknowledge domestic violence survivors and be a voice for its victims,” according to the National Child Traumatic Stress Network. “Domestic violence is prevalent in every community, and affects all people regardless of age, socio-economic status, sexual orientation, gender, race, religion, or nationality. Physical violence is often accompanied by emotionally abusive and controlling behavior as part of a much larger, systematic pattern of dominance and control. Domestic violence can result in physical injury, psychological trauma, and even death. The devastating consequences of domestic violence can cross generations and last a lifetime.”
Locally, the Domestic Violence Services Network, Inc. is a community-based organization that works to combat domestic violence in collaboration with the police departments of its 12 member towns (Acton, Bedford, Boxborough, Carlisle, Concord, Lexington, Lincoln, Maynard, Stow, Sudbury, Wayland, and Weston), Hanscom AFB, the Concord District Court, and Emerson Hospital.
To learn more about DVSN and its programs, services, and events, visit https://www.dvsn.org.