Candlelight vigil in La Crosse raises awareness about domestic violence

37. That’s the number of women in Wisconsin that died last year because of domestic violence.

Those women were remembered at Riverside Park in La Crosse Thursday night with a candlelight vigil.

Dozens of people spoke out against domestic violence as part of Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

The night isn’t just a chance to remember those killed at the hands of their abuser, but also a way to honor survivors.

Organizers say domestic violence doesn’t always leave bruises, but if you suspect someone you love is being hurt, speak up before it’s too late.

“People who are victims need help, they sometimes are too afraid to reach out and ask for support and so it’s very important to let them know that you’re concerned for their safety and that you’re there and there are places that can help them when they’re ready to have that help,” said the Exec. Dir. of New Horizon’s Women’s Shelter Ann Kappauf.

For anyone needing immediate assistance, New Horizons has a crisis hotline 608-791-2600. It’s free to call 24 hours a day.