The Victim Service Coordinator (under the Victims of Crime Act, Grant 11-VA-006), Randolph County Prosecutor's Office, Women's Aid in Crisis (WAIC), Randolph County Family Resource Network (RCFRN), Children's Advocacy Center (CAC), Youth Health and the many other advocacy groups in Randolph County wish to thank everyone who attended and all those who spoke at the annual Candlelight Vigil for Victims of Domestic Violence during Domestic Violence Awareness Month.
While the weather did not cooperate for this important annual community event, we were extremely pleased by the large group of attendees and we were especially gratified by the presence of Sen. Clark Barnes, Judge Jaymie Godwin Wilfong, Prosecutor Rich Busch, Assistant Prosecutor Andy Mendelson, Magistrate Ben Shepler, Marcia Drake, executive director of WAIC; Chief Deputy Mark Brady and law enforcement officers from the Elkins Police Department and West Virginia State Police. We offer our sincere thanks to these busy public servants who took the time to attend the vigil and to remember victims of domestic violence and to celebrate survivors.
Our special thanks go to Gina Hamilton, a former victim of domestic battery, who struggled to overcome her trauma and is raising three children as a working single mother while attending school. She plans to work with domestic violence victims following graduation. Gina's story of strength and perseverance is a true inspiration and we thank her for sharing it with us.
We would also like to express our appreciation to Nancy Barlow for allowing us the use of the Caboose Room at the Elkins Depot, and to Fox Pizza, Papa John's Pizza and Domino's for providing pizza for the vigil attendees. Jen Mendelson deserves special kudos for making a delightful and delicious cake for the occasion. Thanks also to Kmart for providing helium for the balloons we release, each representing a victim of domestic violence in West Virginia during the past year.
It is our hope that, with continued community participation and involvement in events such as the candlelight vigil, citizens of Randolph County will become more aware of the tragedy of domestic violence and its lasting effect on families. By working together as a community, we can all help to break the vicious cycle of domestic violence
Victim Service Coordinator
Randolph County Prosecuting