Although attendance was lower than expected at Tuesday night’s candlelight vigil, organizers are looking forward to next year.
Close to 30 community members attended the Family Support Council event in honor of domestic violence awareness month.
“It was a beautiful ceremony,” event coordinator Jenn Forzani said. “Our survivor’s story was moving to say the least. She showed an amazing amount of grace and confidence considering where she is coming from.”
Sheriff Ron Pierini, Pastor Rich Lammay and Father Nathan Mamo spoke during the ceremony.
“The sheriff talked a lot about how we have progressed in Douglas County over the years,” Forzani said. “Victims have more rights now, and the sheriff’s department can arrest the perpetrator and press charges. Before there wasn’t a lot they could do.”
Former Executive Director Karen Edwards was also in attendance.
“Everyone was given a heart-shaped confetti with wildflower seeds embedded in them,” Forzani said. “We asked people to plant it to commemorate victims of domestic violence who have lost their lives, and those still suffering.”
Family Support Council offers domestic violence and sexual assault victim advocacy, temporary protection order assistance, court advocacy, 24-hour crisis line, domestic violence shelter, and a women’s support group 4 to 5 p.m. Mondays.
They are located at 1255 Waterloo Lane in Gardnerville.
For more information, call 782-8692.