In recognition of Domestic Violence Month, the Carter County Domestic Violence Task Force will sponsor the group’s annual Candlelight Vigil starting at 6:30 p.m. Thursday in Central Park.

 


In recognition of Domestic Violence Month, the Carter County Domestic Violence Task Force will sponsor the group’s annual Candlelight Vigil starting at 6:30 p.m. Thursday in Central Park.

 

The vigil honors both survivors and those whose lives have been claimed by domestic violence. Sheri Hutchins, task force chairman, said the vigil is also conducted to raise awareness that domestic violence is a real and escalating problem in Carter County; that domestic violence transcends all social and economic levels of society, and domestic violence is an issue that affects the entire community.

 

The program will include:

 

* Welcome ­— CCDVTF member Ron Parker

 

* Opening Prayer —  Dream Catchers and Maegan Carney

 

* Introduction of District Attorney Craig Ladd —  Sheri Hutchins

 

* Ladd’s remarks

 

* Introduction of two survivors — Sgt. Lynn James, Ardmore Police Department

 

* Two survivor testimonies

* “Silent Witness Walk and Flower Remembrance”

 

* Music — Performed by Dickson Police Chief John Pemberton

 

* Closing Prayer — Thedo Underwood

 

Following the program  hot dogs, chips and refreshments will be served.
While the CCDVTF’s traditional Candlelight Vigil highlights the month, the group works throughout the year to educate the public and take proactive steps aimed at reducing the number of victims who suffer physical, emotional and mental injuries as the result of domestic abuse.
Some of the CCDVTF’s projects during the past year include:

 

* Placing posters and a television playing domestic violence awareness videos in the lobby of the Carter County Sheriff’s Department and the Carter County Detention Center

 

*  Sponsored a domestic abuse booth at Kids Day in the Park

 

* Sponsored a Victim Information and Notification Everyday program/workshop

 

*  Distributed domestic violence awareness brochures at Mountain View Mall in Ardmore

 

* Sponsored a “Teen Conference” for 800 8th graders

 

* Conducted stalking training at the Carter County Health Department

 

* Provided cameras for police officers to carry in cars

 

* Toy distribution program

 

* Provided professional speakers to address various subjects regarding domestic violence

 

* Provided prescription drug workshop/drop off luncheon

 

* Assisted victims of domestic violence

 

* Offer major resources and referral task force

 

The CCDVTF meets the second Wednesday of every month at noon at the Carter County Health Department. The public is invited to attend meetings.