Domestic Violence Candlelight Vigil Tonight in Newnan

by Wes Mayer

A candlelight vigil will be held Tuesday night in downtown Newnan to commemorate the victims of domestic violence.

“We are hoping to bring awareness to domestic violence, give honor to the ones who are no longer with us and celebrate the resilience of the victims,” said Melissa Sizemore, Victim Witness advocate with the Coweta County Solicitor’s Office.

The vigil will be held on the Court Square, and will include speeches from Coweta County Chaplain Dwight L. Moody and Juvenile Court Judge Joseph Wyant, who will focus on how domestic violence affects children, Sizemore said. Newnan author Cathy Lee Phillips will also sing during the ceremony.

Speakers will read the names of Coweta County domestic violence victims over the last five years and victims throughout Georgia over the last year, Sizemore said. Balloons will be released and candles will be lit to remember these victims. Attendees are invited to bring used cell phones to donate to the cause.

The vigil is being sponsored by the county’s newly formed Domestic Violence Task Force, which has been formed into two committees — interagency collaboration training and resources and public awareness. The task force will hold its first meeting in Cranford Hall on Oct. 25 from noon to 1 p.m., Sizemore said, and anyone from the community is welcome to attend and join one of the committees.

“We are trying to give our law enforcement and community members the resources they need so it will not be as much of a struggle for the victims as it currently is,” Sizemore said.



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