CROWN POINT | St. Jude House will hold its annual candlelight vigil Monday to kick off Domestic Violence Awareness Month, observed nationwide each October.
The vigil will begin with a silent march at 6:30 p.m. from the Lake County Fairgrounds, 889 S. Court St., to the First United Methodist Church, 352 S. Main St.
At the church, there will be a ceremony at 7 p.m. to honor survivors of domestic violence and to remember those who lost their lives due to domestic violence. The public is invited to attend both the walk and the ceremony.
Those unable to walk from the fairgrounds are welcome to join the gathering at the church to hear the life-changing story of a survivor who fled a violent spouse to become an independent woman who lives free of abuse.
For more information, call Joy Heminger at (219) 662-7066, ext. 17.
St. Jude House has been providing services to victims of both domestic violence and sexual assault for 18 years in Crown Point. Services, both residential and nonresidential, are available to women, children, and men from Lake County and surrounding communities.
The month of October is set aside each year to raise awareness about domestic violence and how it affects families and communities. The nationwide observance strives to reach the public with the message that domestic violence is both a pervasive and preventable problem.