Disturbing statistics surrounding domestic violence have been on the rise not just in Texas but across the nation, prompting a call to action within communities. As these numbers continue to climb, the chances of knowing someone in need of help are becoming increasingly likely. The urgency of the situation cannot be dismissed.
In response to this concerning trend, the City of Irving Family Advocacy Center (FAC) and the Irving Police Department are jointly hosting 'Illuminate Irving' on October 17th, a night of remembrance and hope. The event will be held at Millennium Park, located at 201 Sowers Road, Irving TX 75060, from 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm. During this poignant ceremony, lanterns bearing the names of loved ones will be gently placed on the water, honoring the victims and survivors of domestic violence. This ritual draws inspiration from the Japanese tradition of Toro Nagashi, where lit lanterns are set afloat to commemorate those who have suffered atrocities.
The event is open to the general public and allows participants to personalize lanterns in memory of victims or survivors.
Furthermore, the FAC and Irving Police Department are encouraging residents, local businesses, and the surrounding community to stand in solidarity with victims and survivors by displaying the color purple throughout the month. This symbolic gesture can take the form of purple string lights, porch lights, or wearing purple ribbons and attire.
The Irving Family Advocacy Center, operating in collaboration with the City of Irving, offers vital support to the community. Their services include free counseling sessions for victims of crime, domestic violence, and families with high-risk juveniles. These services encompass family, couple, or individual therapy, along with educational classes.
This event serves as a reminder that communities must come together to support those affected by domestic violence and work towards its prevention. The 'Illuminate Irving' event and the month-long awareness initiative aim to bring attention to this pressing issue and encourage proactive steps towards change.