October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Wednesday night Violence Intervention and Prevention, an advocacy group, hosted a Silent Witness exhibit and Candlelight vigil to remember victims and encourage survivors.
Wooden figures represented people who died as a result of domestic violence. Shawls draped over the figures represented comfort and healing for those who've survived.
According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, 85 percent of victims are women. In 2010, Georgia was 10th in the national when it comes to women who are killed by men, according to the Georgia Commission on Family Violence.
Taquila Thomas managed to get out of an abusive relationship and uses her story to help others. She says the violence has no boundaries, "You always think that it's just about a man and a woman, you know husband and wife boyfriend and girlfriend, but the intimate partner violence could be between mother and daughter."
Several agencies are available to help victims of domestic violence in Central Georgia including Crisis Line and Safe House. The 24-hour crisis hotline number is 478-745-9292.