ROME, N.Y. (WKTV) - Community members gathered Tuesday night at Rome City Hall to "take back the night" with the motto "no more silence, no more violence."
The "Take Back the Night" annual event was created in order to combat domestic violence. The hundreds of people who attended provide a support system to those victims who may have or are currently still experiencing some type of relationship abuse.
Deb Galotti, the YWCA's crisis services director, said it's important for the victims to speak out.
"It (the event) should be done once a month or everyday, because violence happens everyday," she said. "But it gives us the opportunity to bring awareness for domestic violence."
Those who attended marched spoke out and expressed their feelings about violence. They had a speak-out where individuals shared their own stories, along with a candlelight vigil.
The YWCA Mohawk Valley has two 24-hour, seven-days-a week hotlines:
Oneida County Hotline
Herkimer County Hotline