The Center for Family Justice, with the support of community leaders and law enforcement in the six communities it serves, has scheduled a series of vigils to mark the observance of Domestic Violence Awareness Month in October. These seven vigils, which will take place at 6 p.m., will honor those who have been impacted by intimate partner violence; raise awareness and inspire hope that the cycles of violence can be broken. The vigils will also remind local residents that domestic violence homicides, with a total of nine in Connecticut so far this year, are a problem in every demographic and community in the state and region. Each vigil will include a solemn reading of the names of the people who lost their lives to domestic violence in Connecticut in 2018 and so far in 2019. The 2018 vigil schedule is as follows: Tuesday, Oct. 15 \u2014 Stratford Town Hall Green Wednesday, Oct. 16 \u2014 Monroe Town Hall Gazebo Thursday, Oct. 17 \u2014 Community Room, Trumbull Library Tuesday, Oct. 22 \u2014 Fairfield\u2019s Sherman Green Gazebo. Debra A. Greenwood, CFJ\u2019s President and CEO, will join police chiefs and community leaders in each town, to speak to their hope that the statistics on domestic violence can improve with continued dedication to protecting victims and educating the public about prevention. \u201cThis has been a particularly challenging year for those of us who care about victims of intimate partner violence,\u201d said Greenwood. \u201cSadly, we have had several domestic violence homicides in recent months, as well as a high profile missing person\u2019s case in New Canaan, that have put a spotlight on just how insidious and dangerous intimate partner abuse can be in the lives of victims.\u201d Greenwood noted recent cases involving the August murder of Meriden mother Perrie Mason; the murder of Chesire mother Monica Dominguez and the case of missing mother New Canaan mother-of-five Jennifer Dulos, in which police have said violence is suspected and her estranged husband has been implicated on charges related to her disappearance, have highlighted that domestic violence has multiple victims. \u201cWe continue to be concerned about the amount of domestic violence taking place in homes where children are present and witness to this horrific acts,\u201d Greenwood said. \u201cDomestic violence causes residual trauma that can impact its primary and secondary victims for generations.\u201d Greenwood noted the vigils also serve the purpose of allowing victims to know that at CFJ there is a safe place, close to home, where they can receive free and comprehensive services to help them lead lives free of trauma and abuse. These services include free counseling, emergency shelter, 24\/7 crisis hotlines and civil legal services. \u201cEvery year, I hear a story at a vigil from someone in attendance who feels compelled to come forward with their experiences with domestic violence because of the support they feel at our vigils,\u201d Greenwood said. \u201cThat tells me how important it is for us us to gather together to demonstrate that there is an entire community behind them ready of offer its support.\u201d CFJ\u2019s vigils are appropriate for all ages, and open to the public. Members of the press are welcome and encouraged to attend. Please follow CFJ\u2019s social media channels (Facebook\/Twitter) or visit CenterforFamilyJustice.org for updates on rain locations.