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UB to host candlelight vigil on October 18 as part of Domestic-Violence Awareness Month

Leslie Geary
Wednesday, September 28, 2011

The University of Bridgeport, as part of its ongoing partnership with Center for Women and Families of Eastern Fairfield County (CWF), will host a candlelight vigil on Tuesday, October 18 to raise awareness of domestic violence.
 
The event is open to the public and takes place from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Cox Student Center, 244 University Avenue.
 
UB annually hosts a vigil in October, which is Domestic-Violence Awareness Month, and other events supporting the work by CWF. Last spring, students organized a walkathon, raising more than $1600 for the nonprofit, which provides free confidential and bilingual services to victims of domestic violence, child abuse, and sexual assault.
“The vigils recognize victims of domestic violence and give hope to those affected by it,” said UB Assistant Dean of Students Edina Oestricher.
 
CWF serves the communities of Bridgeport, Easton, Fairfield, Monroe, Stratford, and Trumbull. Its hotline can be reached at (203) 384-9559.
 
According to the Center, one in four women will experience domestic violence at some point in their life, and a woman is abused by a partner every 15 seconds.  Researchers estimate 3.3 million to 10 million children witness assaults by one parent against another annually.

Media contact: Leslie Geary, (203) 576-4625, lgeary@bridgeport.edu