Valley advocates held a ceremony Thursday to raise domestic violence awareness. Every year, Metro Police and the Community Coalition for Victims Rights honors those who have lost their lives while encouraging everyone else to speak up to save lives.
Last year over 47,000 people across the state were victims of domestic violence. Community leaders say they’re fighting every day to break the cycle in Las Vegas, which is why Thursday they remembered the lives of 25 people lost to the violent act.
The numerous victims remembered where between the ages of one and 82.
Organizers hope telling the stories of their tragedies will serve as a reminder for everyone to work together and support anyone in trouble.
However, the biggest problem when it comes to combating domestic violence is that most of the incidents are never reported.
“People need to understand that there are a plethora of resources available and people need to come forward, there needs to not be any fear and everyone really needs to take a stand against domestic violence,” said Ransom Beza, a sergeant at the Southern Nevada Family Justice Center. “That one phone call from a neighbor could be the difference to save somebody’s life.”
Organizers of the event also emphasized how neighbors and friends can help reporting suspected incidents to police.
There are numerous resources for victims of domestic violence. For more information go here.
The phone number for the Family Justice Center is 702-828-7714.