Click below to listen to KMZU’s Ashley Johnson speak with Lafayette County Prosecuting Attorney Kristen Ellis:

Kristen Ellis

October is domestic violence awareness month, and tonight is Lafayette County’s tribute to that.  “We do this to honor and remember the victims of domestic violence,” said Ellis, “As well as recognize those who serve domestic violence victims.  So service providers, counselors, law enforcement officers, those who work with and deal with domestic violence on a daily basis and do what they can to protect those victims.”

Domestic violence seems to be in the spot light more often these days, and it maybe be closer to your home than you know.  “Here in the state of Missouri, over 40,000 cases of domestic violence are reported every year,” said Ellis, “It effects so many of us, and a lot of it isn’t reported because people are embarrassed or they feel like it’s something they should deal with within their own family, but it’s so important that if you know of someone effected by domestic violence, encourage them to get help and encourage them to go to law enforcement.  We can’t help them and end the cycle if we don’t know about it.”

Just going out and holding a candle for 15 to 30 minutes is a huge way to say, You are NOT overlooked.  “We just believe that it is important to remember and honor those victims who have gone through very traumatic situations,” Ellis said, “And also thank those who work so selflessly and so tirelessly to protect them.”

The Vigil will begin at 7:00 p.m. this evening at the Lafayette County Court house off of Main Street in Lexington. All citizens are encouraged to come out and show your support for those effected, either directly or indirectly.