"The vigil helps us to remember those who lost their lives due to domestic violence", said Teresa Smith, director of S.H.A.R.E House for the last 14 years "The vigil also provides the opportunity to celebrate those who have survived the violence".
Domestic violence makes its way into the homes of 18 million people each year. The organization has offered hope and healing to more than 132,000 domestic violence survivors over the past 35 years.
"To show them what the red flags are to look for and to show them that they're not alone and that there are people there that care about them that want to help them", Booth said.
Domestic violence is such a serious problem in Erie County that District Attorney John Flynn has four prosecutors and five staff members handling cases in the bureau.
The Hays County Commissioners Court proclaimed October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month at its October 3 meeting and called on the residents of Hays County to be work with the Hays-Caldwell Women's Center and law enforcement to be aware of and report incidences of domestic violence.
October is a month dedicated to hearing the message that domestic violence is an epidemic and the victims of this horribly intimate act need to find some kind of comfort. "It is not as simple as a hashtag on a tweet, it takes much more".
She explained that it might be easier to talk about other issues, from illnesses and diseases to disorders, because those are personal issues that occur naturally and tragically.
Stevning added that while there has been a focus on the causes of domestic violence and a push to stop it from happening, there has been much less discussion about how children like Faith are impacted by domestic violence. The victim themselves may feel too scared to ever even mention it.
Connors says, "If they are in abusive situations or see that their parents are in abusive situations that will color the way they look at the world".
If you or someone you love is a victim of domestic violence, sexual assault or stalking, 24-hour help is a phone call away - Toll-free at 877-970-HELP (4357) or locally at 580-252-4357. We're more educated than that, we're smarter than that, we have more money. "It's time to find an end".