HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - People affected by domestic violence were remembered in an annual ceremony in Hattiesburg Tuesday night. The Hattiesburg Police Dept., the Domestic Abuse Family Shelter and representatives from Camp Shelby gathered for a candlelight vigil at the Hattiesburg Cultural Center.
The event was in recognition of National Domestic Violence Awareness Month.
Organizers say it's important that those hurt in violent acts are honored as survivors, rather than victims.
"A lot of times, people who are victims of crimes, they feel like they are the only ones who've been through that, but services like this will give us a sense to know that you're not the only one and we honor you for what you went through," said Lt. Latosha Myers-Mitchell of the Hattiesburg Police Dept.
This year marks the 30th anniversary of national domestic violence awareness commemorations.