‘The biggest hope is that domestic violence will come to an end’: CODA hosts candlelight vigil

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TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) — The Council On Domestic Abuse held its annual candlelight vigil Monday night at the Fairbanks Park Amphitheater to honor lives lost due to domestic violence.

Janet Hardman was one of dozens in attendance to honor a lost loved one. Her daughter, Jasmine, was killed earlier this year due to domestic violence.

“She was a loving person, she loved her grandchildren and was my first child,” Hardman said. “When she got murdered, my world came to an end.”

However, Hardman said it is important for her to attend the vigil to carry on her daughter’s legacy and hopefully help someone else.

“I want to honor Jasmine and hopefully this will help other victims to not have to go through what Jasmine did,” Hardman said.

Volunteers were welcomed to tell stories of their loved ones to honor them. For Hardman, continuing to advocate against domestic violence is something that she said she will continue to do.

Executive Director of CODA Emily Murray said that the group wants to give hope to people that are in abusive situations.

“We want to leave people with hope that people that are in domestic violence situations can get out, leave and recover,” Murray stated.

CODA has a crisis hotline that provides crisis intervention and support. That number is (812) 232-1736.

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