Voices of Hope on 26th and N streets held an open house and candlelight vigil on Thursday.
The purpose of the annual candlelight vigil, now in its 13th year, is to raise public awareness in Lincoln about domestic violence and its impact on our community and to remember those who have lost their lives due to domestic violence.
The theme of this year's candlelight vigil is "Many Voices, One Message." The vigil featured brief messages from various individuals whose lives have been impacted by domestic violence. The Vigil also featured the reading of the Mayor's Proclamation recognizing October as National Domestic Violence Awareness month.
"Voices of Hope is now in its 35th year of providing services to victims of domestic violence and of working to eliminate domestic violence in our community," says Voices of Hope's Executive Director Marcee Metzger. "Provision of these services requires collaborative prevention and response efforts from victim service providers, such as Voices of Hope, along with law enforcement, the court system, health care providers, educators, elected officials, and individuals in this community doing their part to help end violence. Each year, this community-wide Vigil recognizes the importance of the entire community working together to end domestic violence."