Norwalk community holds domestic violence vigil
The Norwalk community came together to remember lives lost to domestic violence and to raise awareness for the ever-present issue.
Organizers held candles in front of the Norwalk Police Department to honor victims.
Officials say that each year in Connecticut, an average of 14 people are killed by an intimate partner. They say it's a public health crisis.
Sixteen people were killed, and at least half of those homicides were witnessed by children, according to police.
Names of victims killed due to domestic violence over the past year were read aloud, including names of children.
Norwalk Police Chief James Walsh says since last year, Norwalk's behavioral health unit has provided essential outreach to victims and survivors.
"We've already seen a reduction in calls for service and which officers have had to respond to people in psychiatric or emotional needs,” Walsh said. “The clinicians are better suited and better trained to deal with those situations, and they are cross-trained in domestic violence, addiction recovery, all kinds of assistance and referrals with our community care partners.”
The CEO of the Domestic Violence Crisis Center, Suzanne Adam, says people should reach out if they need help and use the resources available.
“It hits close to home because it's our brothers, our sisters, our neighbors, our post office friends, it could be your hairdresser, your dentist, your doctor, your child's coach. Domestic violence can impact and happen to anyone," said Adam.
Organizers say resources are available at the National Domestic Violence Hotline and Domestic Violence Crisis Center. Victims can also call 1-800-799-SAFE.