Samaritan House was among several agencies and non-profits working to prevent domestic violence and support survivors that produced 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.  Vigils are held nationwide each year on the first Monday in October and marks the beginning of Domestic Violence Awareness Month.  The community came 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. You may view the vigil in its entirety below.

The vigil took place on the Fountain Plaza at Virginia Beach Town Center from 6:30-8 p.m.  This vigil’s keynote speaker was 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.

The vigils were 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.

The vigil on the Peninsula took place at The Green at Peninsula Town Center from 6-7:30 p.m.