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The power of a candle
Domestic violence an issue for community
candle lighting
Attendees light their candles. - photo by Photo by Sandi Van Orden

Effingham County Victim Witness Assistance hosted a candlelight vigil for victims of domestic violence at the courthouse Tuesday.

Ruth Lee, chairwoman of the board of Victim Witness, welcomed the residents to the vigil and thanked them for bringing attention to domestic violence.

“Domestic violence is an issue for our community as it is for other communities,” Lee said. “We’re no different; it’s everywhere.”

Lee read the proclamation declaring October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month by the county commission to the attendees.

Effingham Women in Business presented a check for $300 to Victim Witness.

Brandy McMann of Victim Witness explained the donation to attendees.

“In early 2007, a small energetic group of Effingham businesswomen got together to brainstorm ways to promote women in business in Effingham County motivate and cultivate the leaders of tomorrow and help women in need,” McMann said.

McMann said the group organized a rally in July featuring an acting troupe. The organization had a profit and decided to give a portion of the profit to a group that helps women in the community.

This was the 11th year the event has been held.

“It was a great turnout,” McMann said. “Someone counted 51 people.”

McMann said she has heard from members of the community that the event has gained support and improved every year.