Safe Harbors, a crisis advocacy group, hopes that a strong community turnout for a candlelight vigil next Thursday will help to show solidarity with victims of domestic violence.

"It'd be nice to have a strong showing of a wide variety of people who have concerns about the issue," said Wendy McDaniel, of Safe Harbors, last Thursday. "... If they [victims] see that the community supports them in their journey, it's easier to heal and move on," McDaniel said.

The Candlelight Vigil will be held Thursday, Oct. 12, at 7 p.m. at the Courthouse Gazebo. The event coincides with October being the National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Another event Safe Harbors is sponsoring this month is the Chili Feed and Bingo on Saturday Oct. 14, at 6 p.m. at Community Connections.

Safe Harbors can help provide shelter for women in crisis as well as provide peer-counseling, court advocacy and help in connecting with various service providers.

They handle both domestic violence and sexual violence cases.

"We basically try to empower the women to take control of their own lives," Ronda Jordan of Safe Harbors said. "We help men too. It's just that across the board it's a smaller percentage," said Gretchen Piper of Safe Harbors.

For whatever reason, August was a particularly busy month for Safe Harbors, with 2-3 women a day seeking help, they said.

Safe Harbors is gathering recipes for a cookbook that will eventually be published to benefit women in crisis.

The Safe Harbors crisis line is 426-6565. Their office number is, 426-4002.Their office is located at 764 NW First Street in Enterprise.

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