Last night Helpmate and the YWCA, with support from Pisgah Legal Services, hosted a Domestic Violence Vigil at the YWCA as part of the YWCA Week Without Violence. This profoundly moving event drew awareness to the problem of domestic violence. The program included remarks from YWCA Executive Director Beth Maczka and Helpmate Executive Director Valerie Collins. Mayor Terry Bellamy read the City of Asheville’s Proclamation to end Domestic Violence. Taylor Loven shared her story of surviving domestic violence.
Then participants in the YWCA MotherLove and New Choices programs read the names of the 48 people who have been killed by domestic violence in North Carolina so far this year. As the names were read, people in attendance, who had been given a heart with the name of a victim on it, placed the hearts on a sign that reads “One Life Lost is One Too Many.”
Finally, a MotherLove participant who is also a survivor of domestic violence shared her story. We’ll be posting her remarks here soon. Director of MotherLove Tangela Ballard Bowman closed the evening with an inspiring message of support and survival.
Here are some photos, you can see more on our Facebook page.