WAVI raises awareness about domestic violence with candlelight vigil

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Wednesday night Working Against Violence Incorporated honored the victims and survivors of domestic violence at Main Street Square.

Flames were burning brightly at Wednesday night's candlelight vigil in Rapid City.

During WAVI's event, survivors of domestic violence shared their stories and prayed for the lives lost.

WAVI Direct Services Coordinator Abby Sharp says, "And it takes a long time for emotionally and mentally to heal from domestic violence, constantly being put down, name calling. A broken bone can heal much shorter than the emotional side effects of domestic violence."

WAVI says one in four women and one in seven men will be victims of abuse from an intimate partner in their lifetime.

WAVI provides a 24 hour crisis hotline and emergency shelter for men, women, and children escaping domestic violence.

To learn more, visit wavi.org.