A rally line-up including local elected officials, service organization representatives, and speakers begins at 6 p.m. Monday evening.

Survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence will be honored during a candle light vigil at "Take Back the Night" on Monday at Jambalaya Park in Gonzales. The event is hosted by the Capital Area Family Violence Intervention Center, also known as Iris Domestic Violence Center. It's one of several events to take place this month as October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

"At these events, we highlight our efforts to raise awareness, recognize allies, support survivors and remember those we have lost to domestic violence. We also encourage all those who participate to join with Iris to make ending domestic abuse, sexual and relationship violence a lifelong commitment,” said John J. Price, executive director of Iris Domestic Violence Center.

The event honors the women, men, and children who have survived domestic abuse and violence and to remember those victims of rape, sexual assault, murder, and domestic violence in Ascension Parish. It also spotlighted the impact domestic abuse has on families and children.

Iris staff and volunteers will work resource tables, providing information about the vital services offered in the parish. Representatives from the Ascension Parish District Attorney's Office, the Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office, and St. Elizabeth Hospital are also expected to be on hand.

A rally line-up including local elected officials, service organization representatives, and speakers begins at 6 p.m. Survivors will also speak about the impact of relationship violence on our community. The event will provide support, inspiration, and resources from those seeking safety from violent relationships. Take Back the Night brings together survivors, supporters, activists, and community leaders in a call to action to end domestic abuse.

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