By Fran Ryan
HUNTINGTON — A vigil honoring all those who have been impacted by domestic violence will take place on Thursday in Huntington.
The event is sponsored by the Hilltown Domestic Violence Interfaith Initiative, which is supported by the Southern Hilltown Domestic Violence Task Force.
Organizers say they want to make it clear that the Hilltown faith community supports and stands ready to help anyone who faces abuse or violence.
The group points to research which says that during a trauma, people are five times more likely to seek the aid of clergy than any other profession.
“More than half of the women that work with advocates in the Hilltowns rely on their faith,” said Task Force Coordinator Monica Moran. “We can’t effectively address domestic violence in the community without collaborating with the faith community, so this is an effort to build that collaboration.”
Moran said that people who are abusive will often misuse religious texts to condone their behavior and keep those they are abusing silent.
“We encourage leaders of the faith community to say that there is nothing in their faith that condones abuse,” she said.
Last year, advocates from Hilltown Safety at Home worked with more than 75 victims and survivors of domestic violence.
Thursday’s half-hour vigil will begin at 7 p.m. on the Huntington Town Greens, and will be followed by an informal gathering in Stanton Hall, adjacent to the greens.
In the event of rain, the vigil will be held in Stanton Hall.