Every minute, 20 people are physically abused by an intimate partner, according to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence. Domestic violence is a universal silent crime affecting all people, regardless of race, age, sexual orientation, religion, nationality or socio-economic status.
Residents are invited to honor and remember domestic violence survivors and victims during the city’s annual Illuminate Irving — a night of remembrance and hope on Oct. 19 at Millennium Park, 201 Sowers Road.
Starting at 6:30 p.m., guests can personalize a lantern that will be included in a lantern release later in the evening. The event will also include a ceremony provided by the Irving Police Department (IPD) and the Family Advocacy Center (FAC), as well as community resources from local organizations.
In the Japanese culture, the tradition of the Toro Nagashi ceremony floats lit lanterns on the water in remembrance of those who have suffered atrocities.
In honor of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, the City of Irving Family Advocacy Center (FAC) will conduct a ceremony of remembrance for victims and survivors of domestic violence Oct. 19 at Millennium Park, 201 Sowers Road.
This free event is open to the general public. Participants can personalize a lantern in honor of a victim or survivor that will be released on the water at the conclusion of the ceremony.
STOP THE SILENCE, SHOW SUPPORT WITH PURPLE
The FAC and Irving Police Department invite residents, Irving businesses and the surrounding community to show their support for victims and survivors with purple throughout the month. Participants can use purple string lights or porch lights, or wear purple ribbon or attire.