Candle-lit vigil for victims of violence

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Candles lit as part of a vigil in the High Peak will help to form beacons of hope for victims of domestic violence across the county on December 3.

The event, at Turner’s Memorial in Buxton from 5pm until 6pm, is part of the nationwide 16 Days of Action Campaign.

Organised by High Peak and Derbyshire Dales Domestic Abuse and Sexual Abuse Action Group, along with High Peak Borough Council and students from the University of Derby’s Buxton campus, the evening of music, songs and poems will focus on a problem which affects both men and women.

“Domestic violence affects one in three women – and one in six men,” said Pam Whittle, of Crossroads, formerly High Peak Women’s Aid.

“We will also be holding a minute’s silence to remember the two women a week who are killed in domestic abuse incidents in England and Wales.”

Derbyshire police will address the issue during the event. There will also be poems, and Buxton-based JGM Studio Choir will perform three songs. The event is open to all.