Remembering victims and survivors of domestic violence

Each October, to recognize Domestic Violence Awareness Month, The Center for Women and Families of Eastern Fairfield County holds candlelight vigils in the area to remember this year’s victims and survivors.

A Trumbull vigil was held Wednesday, Oct. 9, at the Trumbull Library, 33 Quality St., starting at 6 p.m.

In addition, Trumbull had its Clothesline Project which started Oct. 4, leading up the vigil. T-shirts with messages and illustrations decorated by survivors or community members, who wish to honor victims and survivors, have been hung from clotheslines on the library’s lawn throughout the week. The Project is sponsored by The Center, in partnership with the Trumbull Rotary, Trumbull Library, Trumbull Cares and Trumbull Woman’s Club.

The following vigils are planned nearby, all starting at 6 p.m.:

• Oct. 15, Stratford Town Hall, 2725 Main St., Stratford.

•Oct. 17, Easton Community Center Gazebo, 364 Sport Hill Road, Easton.

• Oct. 29, Monroe Green in front of the Town Hall Gazebo, 7 Fan Hill Road, Monroe.

“We hold the vigils at dusk, to honor all victims of domestic abuse,” says Debra A. Greenwood, President & CEO of The Center. “It’s a time to remember this year’s victims and survivors, and a chance for those who are suffering to understand that we are here to help them. It is our hope that the vigils will make victims strong enough to speak to us privately and learn about our free and confidential services.”