Victims who die from domestic violence
May 28, 2019
Madison Wisconsin in the US honor victims of domestic violence who died every year by lighting a candle for each soul that passed.
Two events that are coordinated around the State Capitol in Madison, Wisconsin once a year are in honor of those who have died from domestic violence. One event is people join at the Capitol and carry sticks high over their heads that have banners on them with a name of a domestic violence victim who died, and their age. Often there are 50 to 100 people who walk in silence around the Capitol. Once congregated at the beginning, a few speakers present: City Sheriff, District Attorney, Mayor of Madison and the Executive Director of the organization that I work for, Domestic Abuse Intervention Services. This year, I volunteered to be one of four women to read off each person's name and age who died in the past year by the hand of domestic violence.
Secondly, Madison has a candle vigil for the same purpose in recognizing and honoring those gone to domestic violence. I was not able to attend the march with candles around the Capitol this year, so supporters are encouraged to light candles at home and and acknowledge the loss if they weren't able to make it. This photo that I have included here was my way of participating.
Being a survivor of both domestic violence and sexual assault, my heart and soul connects with each and every victim, and I am honored to still be here in recognition and support of other survivors. I would love to hear what other customs or rituals you might have in your communities to honor those who have died, and to empower women to support each other and understand how to make healthy, safe choices as possible!