Womanspace and East Windsor Township are teaming up once again to commemorate Communities of Light Day, which is aimed at raising money for domestic violence awareness and victim services.
East Windsor Mayor Janice Mironov presented a proclamation during Monday night’s township council meeting to Womanspace Executive Director Patricia Hart and Rita Teubner, charter member of the East Windsor Township Domestic Violence Victims Response Team. The proclamation declares December 10, 2012 as Communities of Light Day.
“Communities of Light is an opportunity for us to shine a light, literally and figuratively, on an issue that is all too quiet sometimes,” Hart said.
Members of the community are invited to attend the event at the Municipal Building, when the township will light up the Municipal Building with candles and host a celebration for all to attend.
Hart also encourages all residents to light candles in front of their homes as way to reach out to those affected by domestic violence. Participants can purchase luminary kits, which include six candles, for $10 at participating businesses, including Gold’s Gym.
“The goal is that we are sending a really important message that you’re not alone, that your neighbors and your community support you and that we are here for you, that Womanspace is here for you, and so it’s an important awareness building event for us,” she said.
Mironov said Domestic Violence Awareness Month, which began in October, is an ideal starting point to raise awareness for domestic violence, and the township’s initiative continues through December.
She said the township has been in the forefront of supporting Womanspace, a Mercer County non-profit that provides services to those impacted by domestic and sexual violence.
East Windsor was the first township in the County to establish a collaborative project with Womanspace. The two established the Domestic Violence Victims Response Team to increase the safety and decrease the isolation of domestic violence victims within the township.
“Many times it [domestic violence] is an issue that doesn’t come to the fore as much as it should…” Mironov said.