Breaking silence, raising the light on domestic violence

Oct. 22, 2013 @ 09:11 PM

Domestic violence harbors a lot of silence. Those wishing to bring awareness are hoping light will continue to break down barriers.

The community’s third annual candlelight vigil is scheduled for the Vance County Courthouse on Thursday evening. An awareness walk begins at 5:30 and the vigil is planned for 6.

Cassandra Hart, chairwoman of the Vance County committee on domestic violence, said a major problem in fighting domestic violence is incidents not reported. People don’t like to talk about it.

“The candlelight vigil is an effort to bring awareness to it,” Hart said.

Purple and white balloons will be released during a program that includes Vance County Director of Social Services Antonia Perdroza, Judge Carolyn Yancey, Infinite Possibilities founder Kanika Turrentine, the South Henderson Pentecostal Holiness Church Youth Choir and Jacquetta Bullock, executive director of New Directions Ministries.

The purple balloons symbolize reports of domestic violence in Vance County, Hart said. The white balloons symbolize fatalities from domestic violence in North Carolina.

Also participating in the ceremony will be Vance County Sheriff Peter White, Henderson Mayor Pro Tem Mike Rainey, Henderson police Lt. Irvin Robinson and Dorian Locklear of Structured Family Interventions.

Hart said the event is a collaboration of many groups, including DSS, law enforcement, Infinite Possibilities, New Directions, Safe Space, Structured Family Interventions and the Dazzling Divas SC.

Contact the writer at dirvine@hendersondispatch.com.