The Center for Family Justice will be hosting seven vigils throughout the area to bring attention to abuse and mark the observance of Domestic Violence Awareness Month in October.

The seven vigils will start at 6 p.m. and will honor the nine victims statewide who lost their lives to domestic violence in the past year.

The first vigil will be held at the Bridgeport Police Department on Tuesday.

The solemn events are designed to bring awareness to the issue of domestic violence and that abuse is a problem in every demographic and community in the state, organizers said.

CFJ’s President and CEO Debra Greenwood cited the case of Jennifer Dulos, the missing mother of five, who is suspected victim of domestic violence, and the recent murders of Perrie Mason, of Meriden, and Monica Dominguez, of Cheshire, as examples of what a challenging year it has been for those who seek to help victims of intimate partner violence.

“Sadly, we have had several domestic violence homicides in recent months – as well as a high profile missing persons case in New Canaan – that have put a spolight on just how insidious and dangerous partner abuse can be in the lives of victims.”

The center provides domestic, sexual and child abuse services including crisis intervention and counseling for six area towns including Bridgeport, Easton, Stratford, Monroe, Trumbull and Fairfield.

Vigils will also be held at the following locations:

Oct. 3 at the University of Bridgeport Student Center,

Oct. 8 at the Easton Community Center Gazebo,

Oct. 15 at the Stratford Town Hall Green,

Oct. 16 at Monroe Town Hall Gazebo,

Oct. 17 at the Community Room in the Trumbull Library and

Oct. 22 at the Sherman Green Gazebo in Fairfield.

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