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CANTON — The community is invited to a candlelight vigil Tuesday to remember those who have lost their lives to domestic violence and to honor survivors, held by the Cherokee County Family Violence Center.

The vigil will be held at Cannon Park in downtown Canton at 7 p.m., and will feature speeches from survivors sharing their experiences.

There were 95 deaths due to domestic violence in Georgia this year, and three were in Cherokee County, said Brooke Larson, outreach coordinator for the center.

“We’ve had three deaths this year, so the issue is very prevalent in our community,” Larson said. “One in four women are victims of domestic violence in their lifetime, and our community is no different from that statistic.

In addition to the survivor testimonies, flags will be on display with the names of each of the Georgia victims who have died this year. Silhouettes representing the victims will stand as silent witnesses to the event. Larson said that she hopes the event draws attention to the issue and creates awareness.

“I hope this brings awareness to the domestic violence prevalence in our community,” she said. “We’ll have survivors speak, and I hope what they say resonates with them, and our community comes together and tackles the domestic violence issue.”

The mission of Cherokee County Family Violence Center is to build a community where all women can be safe that is free from intimate partner violence, according to its website. The center offers resources such as emergency shelter, counseling, legal services and more.

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Those who are experiencing domestic violence or have a loved one who is can call the Cherokee County Family Violence Center hotline at 770-479-1703. Resources are available in English and Spanish. For more information, visit www.cfvc.org.

Shannon is a reporter covering education, city governments, crime, features, religion and other local news. She is a graduate of Young Harris College and currently lives in unincorporated Woodstock.

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