Quincy: Candlelight vigil held for domestic violence awareness

A candlelight vigil to raise awareness about domestic violence was held at the United First Parish Church in Quincy Wednesday night.

The vigil began with the reading of the names of 33 victims killed by domestic violence, so far this year in Massachusetts.

Sue Chandler, the executive director of D.O.V.E. or Domestic Violence Ended, said it’s important to raise awareness about this serious problem.

“It’s important because all of our lives are touched by this issue. Whether personally or professionally – co-workers, neighbors, fellow parishioners – we’re all touched by this issue. It has a tremendous impact on our individual lives and community life,” Chandler said.

Lieutenant Governor Tim Murray serves as the Chairman of the State Interagency Council on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault and was also at the event.

The Lieutenant Governor said, “Anyone who is a victim of domestic violence needs to know that they are not alone. There are resources and support in their community. There are people who have overcome horrible situations and it’s important that they take that first step, to inform themselves about the steps they can take to protect themselves and their families. So, people should feel that they’re not alone.”

For help with domestic violence you can call the Hotline at 617-471-1234 or toll free at 1-888-314-3683.

About John Penny

John Penny is a town news reporter at WATD. He primarily covers stories in the towns of Marshfield, Cohasset, Scituate, Norwell, Hingham, Abington and Quincy.