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Oct. 11 vigil set in Ontario to raise awareness of domestic violence

ONTARIO – A candlelight vigil to remember those killed by domestic violence is set for Tuesday, Oct. 11, at 6 p.m.

The event, sponsored by Project DOVE, will be at the fountain on the Treasure Valley Community College campus.

The event is one of several Project DOVE will sponsor during October as part of Domestic Violence Awareness month. The nonprofit is Malheur County’s only domestic violence shelter. The organization furnishes advocates to accompany domestic violence victims to a court appearance. Project DOVE also links victims with local agencies regarding housing and food services.

Light refreshments will be provided at the vigil. The vigil will also include testimony from those who survived domestic violence.

The vigil is crucial because it raises awareness, said Brian Wolfe, Malheur County sheriff.

“It is important for a lot of the victims and important for those in attendance, especially those who come to be more educated about domestic violence,” said Wolfe.

He said domestic violence in Malheur County is common, and his deputies respond to domestic violence cases on a daily basis. “I can tell you it affects every race, affects every social status. From low income to those with very high incomes. It affects every religion. It is truly one of those things that hits all,” said Wolfe

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