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Domestic violence awareness vigil in Turners Falls Thursday

TURNERS FALLS — “Most people don’t like to think about domestic abuse. If it hasn’t touched their lives it’s easy to believe it doesn’t exist, at least not in their communities,” according to Cheryl Rogers, executive director of the New England Learning Center for Women in Transition.

Thursday evening, NELCWIT hopes to pull the topic out of the shadows with a candlelight vigil and procession beginning from Peskeomskut Park on Avenue A.

In partnership with countywide advocates, NELCWIT has organized two events as part of National Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

According to NELCWIT, one in four women will be a victim of domestic violence at some point in their lifetime, and an average of three women a day are killed by current or former intimate partners and 22 people died as a result of domestic violence between Oct. 1, 2011 and Aug. 30 in Massachusetts.

Thursday’s “Take Back Our Lives” vigil and march will begin at 5 p.m. in the park between Sixth and Seventh streets with speakers from NELCWIT, Jane Doe Inc. and the Mass. Department of Children and Families.

At 5:30 p.m., floating lanterns will be released in memory of victims, and the candle-lighting is scheduled for 5:45 p.m., with the procession returning to the park for closing remarks.

All are invited to participate.

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