Local victims and survivors of domestic violence will be remembered Friday evening as West Valley residents join in a silent march to City Hall and then hold a candlelight vigil outside the building.
The event is the city's second annual effort to increase public awareness of domestic violence and its destructive impacts on families and individuals.City spokesman Ted Nguyen said the "silent walk" portion of the observance will begin at 6 p.m. with marchers walking from Granger Park, 3500 S. 3600 West, to City Hall at 3600 S. Constitution Blvd.
Following the walk, the candlelight vigil and a memorial ceremony will take place on the north steps of the municipal building. The ceremony will include a tribute to victims who have lost their lives because of domestic violence.
Persons interested in participating in the march and vigil should plan to bring their own flashlights and candles.
Terry Rine, the city's victim-advocate coordinator, said the event is an "opportunity to show support for victims, (and) to learn more about domestic violence issues.
"We hope that people will find the time to support the victims of this tragic epidemic . . . and honor their struggles and strengths," she added. "You do not have to be a victim to participate - you just need to be someone who cares."
There will be an informational display on domestic violence in the lobby at City Hall, and purple buttons aimed at drawing public attention to the problem will be distributed.
In addition, city officials are encouraging West Valley residents to wear purple ribbons during the last week of October.
The city also will host a silent auction that will continue through Friday. All proceeds will be earmarked for the city's Victim Advocate Program and the new South Valley Sanctuary in West Jordan.