Survivors and supporters attend 'Breaking the Silence' candlelight vigil

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POSTED: Tuesday, October 22, 2013 - 8:43pm

UPDATED: Wednesday, October 23, 2013 - 3:13pm

In Baton Rouge, dozens of domestic violence survivors and their supporters attended the "Breaking the Silence" candlelight vigil. 

They lit candles and displayed silhouettes that represented lives that were taken by abuse. The group said prayers for victims, their families, and abusers. 

Shirley Neal lost her daughter, Jackie, when she was shot by her ex-boyfriend.  Neal said that Jackie "didn't tell anyone."  She had a word of advice to other ladies.  "If anything is going on like that, just get out of it. Let your parents know. Let somebody know, because it's a hurting thing to the family when your child is killed."

District 7 Councilwoman and co-sponsor for the event, C. Denise Marcelle added, "it does not matter what your background is, what you do, or where you're from. You can fall as a victim to domestic violence.

Organizers provided information on how to get help. If you or someone you know is experiencing abuse at home, visit the Iris Domestic Violence Center's website at, e-mail the center at, or call their 24-hour crisis line at 225-389-3001 or 1-800-541-9706. 

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