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Fighting back against domestic violence


Peaceful Paths, a shelter for victims of domestic violence, held a vigil in downtown Gainesville Thursday in observance of Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

The event included speeches from recovered victims and hanging of decorative T-shirts.

Domestic violence survivor Mary Harker spoke about being away from her abuser for six years. Harker started Totes for Hope, an organization that raises money to fill tote bags embroidered with the word “hope” with cosmetics for women who arrive at Peaceful Paths.

The vigil has been held for more than 20 years and moved to downtown Gainesville three years ago, according to Peaceful Path’s director, Theresa Beachy. She said Peaceful Paths gives domestic violence victims a chance to feel empowered  and confident.

Kelly Price edited this story online.

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