Domestic violence tree lighting ceremony

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Tonight at 6 p.m. the memories of murder victims who were killed due to domestic violence will be honored.

The Domestic Violence Advocacy Council  hopes you can join us for this moving and heart felt public awareness event.  The Domestic Violence Memorial Tree ceremony in Uptown Charlotte will commemorate the 69 lives lost due to domestic violence in the State of North Carolina this year.   We will include a ribbon for Roschelle Woyee, 19, who was tragically killed last Thursday.

The memorial will take place:

Tuesday, December 9

6 p.m. – 7 p.m.

CMPD Headquarters, 601 East Trade Street, Main Lobby

Free parking for the event is available in the public parking area and parking deck at the Police Department’s headquarters. CATS’ Red Line (a free trolley) runs from Tryon Street to McDowell Street and back every seven minutes.

Domestic violence related homicides in Mecklenburg County are currently at eight for 2008.  There were ten in 2007, six in 2006, eleven domestic violence related homicides in 2005 and eight victim homicides in 2004.

The memorial event will commemorate the 69 lives lost as a result of domestic violence in North Carolina from January to December 2008.

For a listing of the domestic violence homicide victims to be honored at this event, visit http://dvac.charmeck.org and click on 2008 DV Homicides.

69 ribbons created by the DVAC as well as other supporters will adorn the memorial tree.  The ceremony will close with the lighting of the tree capturing a message that these fallen victims are shedding light on the issue of domestic violence.

Attendance is free.  Community residents are encouraged to attend and continue to work to end domestic violence.

The tree was donated by Home Depot #3646 and coffee is being provided by Starbucks

For more information on the effects of domestic violence in our community, call Mecklenburg County Community Support Services’ Women’s Commission at 704-336-3210 or the United Family Services’ Shelter for Battered Women 24-hour hotline at 704-332-2513.

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