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Victims of domestic violence remembered in ceremony

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Victims of domestic violence were remembered in a ceremony on Oct. 3, 2016. (Source: FOX5) Victims of domestic violence were remembered in a ceremony on Oct. 3, 2016. (Source: FOX5)
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Thirty people died in Nevada last year as a result of domestic violence. They were honored during a ceremony Monday night.

October marks Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and it’s well known that Nevada is among the states with the highest rates of domestic violence.

The message Monday night was that silence is the real killer.

“My tears welled up when we were putting roses into the vase, remembering those who were lost,” domestic violence survivor Meredith Engler said.

Survivors like Engler shared their stories.

“I believe there will be vengeance. One day God will vindicate,” a survivor said.

“It was the scariest thing that’s ever happened to me, and the most important thing that’s ever happened to me,” Engler said.

Engler was abused by her husband and said making the decision to call 911 likely saved her life.

“The truth is I don’t know if I would be here,” she said.

“Our cause, our symbol is purple. It represents the unity we have with each other,” said Julie Proctor, executive director of SAFE House, a shelter for women. 

Sabrina Mercadante, president of SAFE House, said she wants abuse victims to know there is hope.

“Last week we had a violent domestic violence incident in Henderson where a woman was killed in front of her three kids,” Mercadante said. “It’s important to know you are never alone in this world.”

Mercadante said it is often difficult for victims of domestic violence to talk about it and get out of those situations. More information is available at SAFE House's website.

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