LUMBERTON, Miss. (WDAM) - Lumberton city officials gathered with law enforcement officers and victims of domestic violence to raise awareness of that issue Wednesday morning.
Mayor Quincy Rogers signed a proclamation during an event at city hall honoring those who’ve been victims of domestic violence. The order proclaims October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month in the City of Lumberton.
About two dozen people attended the ceremony.
“We need to bring attention to this," said Rogers. “So many families are touched and I just think that as citizens, as people, as Christians, this is what we need to do.”
During the event, victims spoke and dozens of purple balloons were released in memory of those affected by domestic violence.
“The more we can get the word out, the more people are aware that they can say, ‘hey, enough is enough, I have a place to go. I have someone that hears my voice. I’m no longer silent,’” said Officer Shikira Burt, a domestic violence investigator with the Lumberton Police Department. “We want to get that voice out and the (number of people attending) today is showing that we have people that are listening.”