Somerville Community Invited to Annual Vigil Honoring Victims of Domestic Violence

Vigil Scheduled for Monday, October 30, 2023, at 6 p.m. at The Dojo @ Somernova

SOMERVILLE – Mayor Katjana Ballantyne, the Somerville Commission for Women, and RESPOND, Inc. are honored to invite residents to join the annual Domestic Violence Vigil on Monday, October 30, 2023, commemorating Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

This year’s vigil aims to remember those who lost their lives to domestic violence in the last year, celebrate survivors’ resilience, and recommit ourselves as a community to ending domestic violence.

“I am honored to invite the Somerville community to stand united against domestic violence and offer our unwavering support to all victims,” said Mayor Ballantyne. “Domestic violence is a crime that often happens in the shadows, but by gathering together, we hope to offer a beacon of hope for survivors, and demonstrate Somerville’s commitment to creating a world where every home is a sanctuary.”

The vigil and community art-making event is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. at The Dojo @ Somernova (15 Properzi Way, Somerville). The event is free and all are welcome to attend. There will be American Sign Language (ASL) interpretation at the event.

“It’s important for us to continually bring awareness to domestic violence because home should be a safe place,” shared Stephanie Galaitsi, chair of the Somerville Commission for Women.

Domestic violence is a life-threatening public health and social justice issue that impacts one in three women and one in four men in the United States annually.

“Abuse thrives in isolation,” says RESPOND CEO Victoria Helberg. “By gathering, we are not only taking a moment to commemorate those lives taken too early by domestic violence. We are also coming together to say that domestic violence has no home here in Somerville. We all have a role to play in ending domestic violence, and we can only do this together.”

For more information about the vigil, please contact Latoya Saulters, Commissions Coordinator at or (857) 274-2719.

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