Samaritan House is among several agencies and non-profits working to prevent domestic violence and support survivors producing two simultaneous candlelight vigils on Monday, October 4 on both the Peninsula in Hampton and on the Southside in Virginia Beach to commemorate the 40th Annual “National Day of Unity Night of Remembrance,” founded by the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence.  The vigil is held each year on the first Monday in October and marks the beginning of Domestic Violence Awareness Month.  The community is invited to come together to memorialize those lost to domestic violence; to support families, friends, and survivors; to raise awareness of shelters and other resources; and to actively work toward safer relationships and communities.

Samaritan House is organizing the vigil on the Southside that will take place on the Fountain Plaza at Virginia Beach Town Center from 6:30-8 p.m.  This vigil’s keynote speaker will be Kate Loring, whose daughter Claire was killed by an estranged boyfriend in 2006.  Ms. Loring honors Claire’s memory by telling her story and educates the public about healthy relationships.

Zeiders American Dream Theater has graciously offered their space in the event of inclement weather. Please note that they require proof of vaccination or a recent negative Covid-19 test result as it is an indoor space. We thank you for complying, should we have inclement weather. Proof of vaccination will not be required if the event remains outdoors

The vigils are being organized by Samaritan House, YWCA of South Hampton Roads, Help and Emergency Response, Inc., The Genieve Shelter, Transitions Family Violence Services and Avalon Center, along with support from Military Family Advocacy Programs and multi-city Victim-Witness programs.

Click HERE for directions to Southside Vigil.

The vigil on the Peninsula will take place at The Green at Peninsula Town Center from 6-7:30 p.m.  Click HERE for directions to the Peninsula vigil.